This Instructable helps you reduce the effects of soft motion blur you get because of camera shake. This is an experimental method developed by me, so please try out and leave comments, preferably with images.

As is evident from the quality of the photograph I hereby present, I am not a Pro. Heck. I don't even come close to my 5th grade cousin.

But I am OK with my favourite photo editor GIMP. So I tried developing a technique similar to the Unsharp Mask filter. All out of trial and error, so I don't guaranty anything. I have noticed it only reduces soft motion blur. So take a backup of the images you try this on. You have been warned.

( I found that the steps apply much better to the following images :







So here goes nothing.

Select your camera shake affected photograph and move on to the next step.

Step 1: Measure the blur.

Find a suitable item/part of your image where you can 'Measure' your motion blur. That is, the angle and length. For the uninitiated, GIMP has a Measure tool. Find it. It usually looks like a divider/compass from the geometry box.
I've found that adjusting the red and cyan (blue and green composite) channels separately with opposite motion blur angles renders a better image, much like a reverse anaglyph. You can do this in GIMP by going to the channels dialog, right-click the red channel, then click "Channel to Selection". Copy the selection and paste as a new layer. Duplicate it and add motion blur with an angle of -90 (270) to 90 degrees (right semi-circle), depending on the angle of incidence. Do the same thing as you would with the Grain modes. Now do the same with the Cyan channel. Select the red channel and invert it. Copy and paste as a new layer, then duplicate. This time, when you add motion blur, set the angle opposite of the red channel 90 to 270 degrees (left semi-circle). I suspect this won't matter so much with a vertically blurred image.
<p>That means your lens is not good (or you are abusing the zoom), and what you are seeing is &quot;Chromatic Abberration&quot; . Are you clicking an object in the shadow with the background being bighter sky?</p>
<p>Hi Kamathin</p><p>I'd be grateful for any practical suggestion you may have for how I could improve a particular image (described below).</p><p>The image is a TIFF file (1053 x 1373 pixels) that was produced (several years ago by a relative, not by me) by scanning a very old photograph. The defect that I would like to eliminate is that the image actually comprises two distinct identical images, which are displaced diagonally by about 5 pixels (as measured by me using the GIMP measurement tool). </p><p>To me, the two images do not appear to result from continuous motion of the photographic apparatus (whether the camera or the enlarger). My guess is that the two images resulted from jolting of the photographic enlarger during the exposure of the print.</p><p>I have GIMP in Ubuntu on my computer. Nevertheless, I am not familiar with advanced photo editing software like GIMP or Photoshop. I have done some playing around with Photoshop when I had a Windows machine. However, I can follow specific instructions (though not instructions that skip steps, or assume familiarity with photo editing software and jargon, etc).</p><p>Thank you.</p>
this is awsome! i've only tried it out on one image and i think i got the angle a little off but the is some reduction still. however the color did wierd things. i will have to play with it some more!
<p>Thanks :)</p>
<p>Your tutorial was really very successful for me... I just tweaked it a bit by duplicating the final layer (this gives for me a better result but with some visible artifacts... but this was not a concern for me).</p>
<p>Great to see the instructable put to real world use , and see the results :) The &quot;artifacts&quot; that you mention must be that you get &quot;double vision&quot; one at the beginning of the shake and one at the end. I have noticed this right from the time I posted on many images. I have tried various tricks to eliminate it with little success. The easiest were bright objects on black backgrounds. But this is unfortunately not such a photograph. </p>

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