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User currently offlineSchreiner From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 960 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3726 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!


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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3716 times:

Quoting Schreiner (Thread starter):
Is the auto level function usefull?

No. And that is not a guess.  Wink


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3701 times:

Learn to use Levels manually, it is much more helpful.

Harry



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User currently offlineSmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3696 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.

Just my 2 cents,
Dan


User currently offlineSchreiner From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3682 times:

Okay, Dan, thats also what I am doing sometimes, but what do you do with the middle marker in the histogram?

Cheers,
Schreiner



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User currently offlineSmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3675 times:

Quoting Schreiner (Reply 4):
what do you do with the middle marker in the histogram?

Usually I just leave it alone.

If the picture still looks too dark, I may move the middle one to the left a bit but it's only a small adjustment. It's easy to over-adjust that one.


User currently offlineSchreiner From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

And what if you have clipped sides on both sides?
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Schreiner



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User currently offlineDiezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3659 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.

Roel.



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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3655 times:

Quoting Schreiner (Reply 6):
And what if you have clipped sides on both sides?

Then your photo has too much contrast and you should lower it. This usually means that the blacks are pure black and the whites have been blown out, and is not necessarily fixable.

Harry



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