matai From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 28 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 696 times:
This photo was rejected with this note:
Reject reason: flat contrast centered
My main question is regarding the centered problem. My method is t center it vertically based on the highest and lowest part of the fuselage. With horizontal centering I use the nose and the top of the rudder. Is that right? Going by that it looks right to me, it does place the stripes at the center, is it usually safer to have the windows in the center?
Also, how can I tell when the contrast is correct, should the black stripe be blacker?
Does this look better? It's all the way to the right edge on the original, do I have enough room there? Or do I have to scrap it?
dazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2922 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 670 times:
Quoting matai (Thread starter): Also, how can I tell when the contrast is correct, should the black stripe be blacker?
It's not far off, it just needs a slight increase in contrast. Do you use the histogram? That's the best guide for contrast as you can visually see what needs doing. If you look at the histogram of that photo (I haven't as you can see the shadows are slightly out), you'll notice the left slider will be to the left of the histogram. Simply slide it to the right to the start of the graph and that'll sort out the contrast problem. Same for the slider on the right to set the highlights. The aircraft is positioned too far to the right of the frame. You need to centre the aircraft so you have a similar amount of space forward and aft of the aircraft.
Contrast is better in your second edit, but it's still too far to the right. Either compose it with more space aft of the aircraft, or crop more towards the nose. As an example;