Paulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1983 times:
just an observation regarding some pictures i have had rejected and the associated warnings.
Bright day, ramp access , side on shot of an aircraft which is mainly white but with a dark, wide cheatline - sun is from the left and shining on top of fuselage which causes shadow of aircraft on ramp.
Picture is scanned and manipulated to get what i consider the best result and submitted.
but with warning
a) picture dark in tone etc.... and
b) scanned with too high contrast.
My question is - (i use photoshop btw) if i try to alter the contrast ie reduce it - it also affects the brightness and vice versa (catch 22) . The white fuselage especially in sunlight gives a slightly false impression of high contrast but equally creates a dark shadow.
Any suggestions ? or is it a case of just playing with settings
YKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1930 times:
The lighting in the photo above looks ok, however one thing I noticed about alot of your photos is that they are brightened too much, resulting in the "hazy" look to the pictures. If the photo is correctly exposed, as the one above is then no brightness adjustments should be neccesary. If the photo does need some tweaking, then use the "gama" tool instead. Just my $00.02
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1920 times:
I too have had a lot of rejections for "too much contrast" and "too dark".
I've taken to uploading many shots a bit brighter and less contrasty than I like them, seems to work.
Either someone has his screen set too dark, or I have mine too bright
The accepted one looks awfully hazy to me, the altered one a lot better (but would probably be rejected for "too much contrast").
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 813 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1872 times:
I strongly suggest you use neither the "brightness" or "contrast" controls to change a scanned image.
Why? If you have scanned correctly, your image SHOULD have the optimum "white point" and "black points" set. (Ie. the brightest part of the pic is pure white, the darkest pure black). Now, if you increase brightness, all that happens is that all the pixels are brightened a few levels ... this means pixels that were nearly white become pure white and blacks become dark gret. Not good. Similar things happen using the contrast control.
The best thing to do is use "tone curve" - this allows you to selectively adjust the midtones without disturbing the black and white values - manipulating the tone curve also lets you increase/decrease contrast without affecting exporsure.
Alternatively, use the "gamma" control to brighten/darken midtones. - easier to use than tone curve, but less powerful.