DC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 15 Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2282 times:
Hello again everyone,
I'm finding it hard again at the minute to get shots taken in bright light looking "sunny". For some reason, although the histogram would suggest that the shots are exposed correctly, they still seem very dark when compared t other people's from the same day, or other shots taken in bright sunlight. Additionally, they seem to have a 'sludgy' look to them, yet in bright light, I leave the AWB on and only use a UV filter. So I don't get it..........
Here are some shots I took yesterday, where I feel to get them looking something like, I've really given the midtones a whack and also increased the amount of blue. I'm a bit hestitant about the quality of the A321, but it would be really appreciated to have comments on the general lighting and colour of the shots.
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2273 times:
Nice shots Tim, but get out of the habit of doing level corrections, color, sharpening, etc, to the entire image. Just make corrections on the areas that need them. Seldom does a processing method apply to the entire image. Just use a layer mask, it will make you life easier.
Linco22 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1380 posts, RR: 17 Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2265 times:
Hi Tim, I know how you feel about things seeming darker than what your histogram tells you. But all those shots look good to me, honestly. And as Jeff had pointed out, being selective helps. I'm trying to get into this habit and it does make a difference.
DC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 15 Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2211 times:
Thanks for your comments guys, but I'm still a bit lost. I understand that it's appropriate to apply sharpening only to the areas that need it and not the whole image, but I've never tried it with the levels. Is this a trick that everyone uses that I'm unaware of?
I just can't understand why my shots look so dull. I'll try and post a couple examples of my "raw" images later. I'm not sure whether it is contrast they lack or whether the camera is just getting the WB wrong in sunlight. The shots above do seem relatively sunny now, but I feel as though I didn't really ought to have to play around with the colour much when editing.
Linco22 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1380 posts, RR: 17 Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2205 times:
I think you've done a fine job with those shots as i've said. WB seems spot on to me, but maybe a little bit of tinkering with RAW might prove otherwise. Just out of interest, what camera/lens are you using? Those shots are pretty sharp and nice contrast(back on my home monitor now )