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Contrast Help

Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:59 pm

Hello all,

Is the contrast on this shot ok?

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RE: Contrast Help

Tue Nov 07, 2006 9:12 pm

Tricky lighting conditions; it's definitely too dark and it lacks contrast. Just play around with it in Brightness/Contrast, you should be able to improve it a good deal.

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RE: Contrast Help

Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:54 pm


Its not just contrast, the photo is under-exposed slightly as well, probably by about 1/3 - 2/3 of a stop. If you look at the histogram of the photo, you'll see its skewed to the left. Under conditions like this, try dialing in about +1/3 of exposure compensation, but check the histogram at the time to make sure you aren't blowing out the whites. If you shift the levels to create a more even histogram and then increase the contrast slightly, this is what you'll end up with. The lighting is typical overcast-Manchester but it might be salvagable from the original frame.

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Good luck,

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RE: Contrast Help

Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:59 pm

Cheers Darren,

Most of my shots from that day where under exposed, my fault really. I was using manual and because of the flat light I didn't want to ruin the whites.

I'll be back next summer and the sun better be out!

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RE: Contrast Help

Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:23 am

Quoting Linco22 (Reply 3):
I'll be back next summer and the sun better be out!

Hi Colin.

Don't wait for the summer - the best light for photography is from now to March. Having said that, in cloudy conditions you may be pretty stuffed, but the low lighting really enhances most images, in my opinion.

Let's face it, it is going to be a lottery whatever time of year you have a trip scheduled. You have my complete sympathy  wink .

On the issue of in-camera exposure compensation, I would favour not purposely overexposing, and just leave the work to be done in editing. I think the danger of overexposing highlights outweighs getting a brighter original. But that's a very personal viewpoint. The RAW shooters will have a different comment at this point.

I would have to agree that the light on the original image you posted is just too flat, so the photo does need a 'kick' in editing. But even then acceptance is not guaranteed.

All the best.

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RE: Contrast Help

Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:52 am

Hi Paul,

Totally agree. I was going to come over before xmas but I didnt want to waste £50/60 on a fare only to get an awful day.

As for RAW, I use it alot now. But still try to get it right anyway.

I think i'll leave the MAN batch alone now. I can't get out over here at the minute with the shorter days and work.

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