05 Dec 2016

How to Improve Low Quality Photos

Photography is a form of art that you can get involved in at any age. However, it is a form of art that requires the right equipment in order to get the best results. If you’re just starting out, you might not have the camera or lenses you need to create crisp, stunning images every time you shoot. What should have been a perfect shot could be a disappointment if the final image is too blurry, or not as vivid as you expected.

Luckily, there are photography experts who know a thing or two about boosting the look of low quality photos. Follow these tips, and the pic you thought was a missed opportunity could turn into something you’re proud to share with family and friends.

Save the RAW File

When you first take a picture with a digital camera and save it to a memory card, it is saved as a “lossless” (so-named because none of the original clarity or resolution is lost) file type, typically known as RAW. However, when you upload the file to your computer and save it as a JPEG or similar file type, the image is processed and the quality degrades.

There are ways to preserve the original RAW file, though. Programs like Lightroom allow you to save RAW files as if they were essentially digital negatives that you could copy whenever you want to edit them. If you don’t have Lightroom, many camera companies also package their own software along with your camera that lets you save the RAW file.

If you snap a shot that looks a lot less impressive than you expected when saved on your computer, try saving it in the original lossless format. This should improve the quality significantly.

Use Photo Editing Programs

Magic Picture is a simple solution that avoids the costs and learning curve of traditional image editing software, like Photoshop and GIMP. As both a compression and optimization tool, it reduces unwanted blurriness without affecting the original photo resolution. Improving image quality while saving disk space makes Magic Picture a great automatic solution for photo editing.

If you do decide to go the Photoshop or GIMP route, a simple trick can make a big difference in how your photo looks, even after you enlarge it. In Photoshop, once your file is open, go to “Image” and select “Image Size.” From there, change “Interpolation” to “Bicubic Smoother.” This will make the picture more crisp, and allow you to resize the image.

If you use GIMP, a free program similar to Photoshop, you can essentially do the same trick. Simply go to “Image,” choose “Scale Image,” and change the “Interpolation” to “Bicubic.”

Following these tips, you can transform that disappointing shot into something much clearer. Additionally, you can learn a new skill in working with photo editing software, like Magic Picture, and get one step closer to producing professional-quality results.


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