Schreiner From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 960 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4400 times:
Im messing a bit with PS CS 2, what do you guys think? Is the auto level function usefull? Sometimes I use the lightest and darkest point in the picture to get the levels right. But that takes a lot more time. Whats your guess? Thanks!
SmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4370 times:
In my experience, the auto levels tool does not work well for aviation pictures. If the picture is pretty straight forward (ie sky as the background) I usually use levels and then adjust the levels based on the histogram by sliding the right and left sliders to remove the empty space from the histogram.
If it's a more complicated composition, I mark the darkest spot and the lightest spot and then use the curves tool to adjust.
Diezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4333 times:
As a rule of thumb, to avoid messing too much with the levels afterwards in PS, it is good practise to have a look at the histogram on your camera when you are shooting. Most DSLRs support this feature. By looking at the histogram you will know instantly how to adjust your exposure. It is a lot easier than judging the exposure by the picture in the little LCD screen on the back of your camera.
Another usefull feature on many cameras is the "show the blown out whites by flashing". Using both features together will give you less work in PS.