dc10tim
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Struggling Again With Brightness And Colours

Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:16 pm

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.

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/ggtdk0503ema1200.jpg

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/gogbd0503ema1200.jpg

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/gooae0503ema1200.jpg

Regards,

Tim.
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JeffM
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RE: Struggling Again With Brightness And Colours

Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:27 pm

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
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RE: Struggling Again With Brightness And Colours

Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:35 pm

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
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RE: Struggling Again With Brightness And Colours

Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:25 am

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.

Regards,

Tim.
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linco22
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RE: Struggling Again With Brightness And Colours

Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:30 am

Tim,

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  Smile)

Regards
Colin  Smile
 
dc10tim
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RE: Struggling Again With Brightness And Colours

Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:37 am

Hi Colin,

As I say, I've had to increase the blue to get that, which worries me a little. I used a 300D and 70-300 DO IS lens. When I say "raw" images I mean unedited and straight from the card, not RAW raw  Smile

I shoot large jpeg most of the time, because with the equipment I use I haven't seen much difference in shooting RAW and it really reduces the shutter burst on the 300D.

Regards,

Tim.
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linco22
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RE: Struggling Again With Brightness And Colours

Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:46 am

Quoting DC10Tim (Reply 5):
70-300 DO IS lens

How do you find that lens Tim? It was one I considered but recently got the EF 70-200mm f4 L. I miss the extra 100mm I had with my EF 100-300!

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