pixel_perfect wrote in post #11240757
Okay, so since last time I posted this, I posted a non-edited photo that (I REALIZE) was poorly lit (and un-edited)... I'm going to try again, because I have the same problem with nearly every photo I take.
Here is the photo: <full image goes here>
Here is detail at 100%:<detail crop of eye>
I just don't think photos should look like this at 100%. Call it pixel-peeping, I call it wanting high-quality photos.
Canon 7D settings:
ISO 200, f/3.2 , 1/200 sec
I am determined to get to the bottom of this issue. I basically just need to know if I need to send this into canon or trade it in for a 5D2.
I will try to help, but I think that a bit more information would be helpful to me. I am assuming that you did some post processing on the image -- is this correct? If so, was the image shot in RAW mode? Also, it would be very useful to leave the EXIF and other metadata intact so that I and others could see more details about the shooting conditions and processing. I would also like to know what software you used for post processing.
One other thing that would be helpful is to describe the kind of assistance that you would like. Right now, it would appear that your request is a bit open ended since you asked, "What am I doing wrong ...". I see from post #4 that it is not a critique on composition and artistic merits which is fine since I was able to gather from the tone of your first post that you are concerned about a possible camera problem or perhaps something else technical.
Before going any further, I need to point out an important item that you overlooked when posting the images. The color profile of the first image (and presumably the second also) is your monitor profile (iMac). That means that most everybody viewing the image on the web will see one that has very drab colors unless they are using a color-aware browser. In this case, I am not even sure that using a color aware browser would help since the profile assigned to the image is not a standard image profile. Whenever posting an image on the web, the associated profile needs to be converted from whatever your working color space happens to be into the web default image profile, sRGB.
I took a closer look at the first image in Photoshop (PNG format) and was rather surprised by how much of the image I was able to recover from what appeared to be fully saturated. By doing nothing more than some basic tonal adjustments, the tonal and color quality of the image was greatly enhanced. I also applied a small amount of edge mask sharpening to counter some of the softness. If you are interested, I can post the edit that I did.
Based on my somewhat limited assessment, I will hazard to guess what sort of help you my be looking for.
- I would identify the most significant issue as exposure. The big problem with exposure in this image is the backlighting. The extremely bright background is causing much of the subject to be overexposed. More than that, the light that is falling on the subject is too harsh (that is, the dynamic range is too great for photographing people's faces). Things like reflectors and fill flash would help a lot. Personally, I like reflectors better because introducing flash into an outdoor lighting situation might make white balancing the image a bit more tricky and involve some compromises.
- Without the benefit of more information, I will go on a limb and say that post processing is not being used to its greatest advantage in getting the most out of the image. This WAG is just based on what I was able to recover from the image.
- You mentioned "pixelation" in post #4. I am not clear about what you are referring to since I do not see pixelation in the crop. Perhaps describing what you see would help me understand. I do see a bit of noise in the crop. If your post processing included boosting exposure or fill in the darker areas of the image, then noise will definitely be present.
- To get to the heart of your concern, I doubt that you need to send the camera in to Canon for evaluation. If you are relatively new to DSLR photography, the issue might simply be getting up to speed on the 7D. The 7D is a rather complex camera and when it first came out, there were very many people who had upgraded from less complex cameras who found themselves way behind the power curve. I was one of them. I quickly found out that it was far more complex than my XTi.