schreiner
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### Auto Level Function In PS

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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### RE: Auto Level Function In PS

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

No. And that is not a guess.

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### RE: Auto Level Function In PS

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

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### RE: Auto Level Function In PS

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,
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### RE: Auto Level Function In PS

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

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### RE: Auto Level Function In PS

 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.

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### RE: Auto Level Function In PS

And what if you have clipped sides on both sides?
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### RE: Auto Level Function In PS

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.

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### RE: Auto Level Function In PS

 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.

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