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Am I Doing Better? Part II

Sun Aug 27, 2006 12:26 am

So I gave it another try yesterday and spent today's afternoon with editing. Some of the pics I've taken can be seen below. But before I have two more questions:

1.) Why are the original photos so dark? On my camera (display brightness set to normal) they look much better. Here you can see the original file of the CRJ taking off and my edit:

2.) How can I prevent the pictures getting darker to the left and right side? I cloned two points to show how much darker they get:

And here are the pics which I edited (some were very dark). Feel free to comment on them! If you would like to give it your own try just mail me via the PM service of and tell me the mailing adress you want the pictures to be sent to. I set my camera to the highest resolution and fine this time  Smile

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RE: Am I Doing Better? Part II

Sun Aug 27, 2006 12:44 am

What Camera and settings are you using, Stephan?


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RE: Am I Doing Better? Part II

Sun Aug 27, 2006 12:53 am

Don't post that many photos...most people would get the point after 5-10  Yeah sure

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Quoting Lufthansi (Thread starter):
Why are the original photos so dark?

Because that is what the auto mode on your camera is setting. What you see on your camera's screen has nothing to do with what the real image looks like.

You should not need to change any where near that much in PP. Learn more about what each mode does, take some test shots and adjust.
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RE: Am I Doing Better? Part II

Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:01 am

White Balance in Auto, Aperture priority, F=5.4, Large/Fine resolution 2160x1440 pixels, no flash, 200-300mm at my 80-300mm objective, canon eos d30
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RE: Am I Doing Better? Part II

Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:15 am

It's not the best of places to go at that time of the day, look at the light on the nose....
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RE: Am I Doing Better? Part II

Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:27 am

I'm puzzled why the images would be so underexposed, I can't see what the camera would meter off in the top image that would make the rest of it so dark.

If you don't have a handheld meter (you probably don't), switch the camera to centre-weighted mode, and expose the image manually off the aircraft - this is a good starting point.

Also, the images are a little soft, at 200-300mm try F7.1 - F9.0 and see if that works better for your lens - although you will need to adjust your shutter speed if you're shooting in manual so that the exposure is correct. If all this is gobbledigook to you, have a look at this:

After a while you will start getting familiar with what the numbers should look like through the viewfinder.


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