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  • #16
    Originally posted by Leo 747 View Post
    Hi there!
    I have a few questions about rejections related to cloning, specially those rejections due to digital manipulation and/or Bad Postprocessing.

    1) Removing a fence from the edges of photos is accepted, or is it considered as "Digital Manipulation"?
    Sadly, fences are very annoying when they show up on the picture edges. Some can be easily cropped off the picture. However, some might still be there, creating darkened corners, similar to vignetting issues. Sometimes, cropping them off would also lead to cropping parts of the plane, which is not what we want. This can be corrected by cloning parts of the sky or ground which aren't affected by the fence. Does this kind of correction lead to a rejection, even if the result is good? A good result would be: no cloning marks, well blended sky colors, etc.
    This is considered manipulation and will result in a warning at first, but if repeated will result in the loss of upload slots or even an upload ban. DO NOT use the clone tool for anything other than removing dust spots, and even then, do so carefully.


    Originally posted by Leo 747 View Post
    2) Issues which can only be visible in the equalized version can lead to rejections?
    Imagine that, after editing, you have a good picture with a nice sky. However, when you equalize it, there are many issues: color banding, some faint dust spots, cloning tool marks, etc. However, all these issues can't be seen in the normal version, they can only be seen in the equalized version. Can this pic be rejected due to these issues? Do we need to care about how our equalized pic look?
    The same goes for halos. Some halos can't really be seen in the normal version, but can be visible (even if very faintly) on the equalized version. Is a "Bad Postprocessing" rejection really needed in these situations?

    I'd like to know the opinion of the screeners about these subjects, because these are some issues i've faced before.
    Please care to elaborate your answers, maybe to help other photographers aswell. Hope we can all learn a bit more
    Many thanks in advance! Cheers!
    If not visible in the unequalized version, it should not be a reason for rejection. Just be aware that we have a better sense of halos caused by bad processing (and dust spots, etc.), and don't necessarily need to use the equalize tool to see them.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by dlowwa View Post

      This is considered manipulation and will result in a warning at first, but if repeated will result in the loss of upload slots or even an upload ban. DO NOT use the clone tool for anything other than removing dust spots, and even then, do so carefully.

      If not visible in the unequalized version, it should not be a reason for rejection. Just be aware that we have a better sense of halos caused by bad processing (and dust spots, etc.), and don't necessarily need to use the equalize tool to see them.
      Dana, many thanks for your considerations, they were indeed very helpful

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