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Advice on improving quality of image taken through window

 
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Jul 16, 2012 14:09 |  #1

I shot this image with a 5dM3 and a EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L at f5.6 in AV mode.

The image is being taken through a window and there is a bit of shade on the lizard in the foreground. What can I do to improve the quality of an image like this? I can only taken them through the window because if I go outside to do it they run away.

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Jul 16, 2012 14:17 |  #2
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Windows are hit or miss unless ...
you pre set reflectors fill light, shoot w polarizer up to the glass on tripod,
and bait w food.
Use Purina Lizard Chow.


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Jul 16, 2012 14:22 |  #3

And move the cushion out from that shadow!


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Jul 16, 2012 14:23 |  #4

Lowner wrote in post #14724816 (external link)
And move the cushion out from that shadow!

No. Just ask the lizard if he could come back in half an hour.


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Jul 16, 2012 14:49 |  #5

This is crazy, why is it that life is Amazing sometimes!
I saw the weirdest thing today. I'm pretty sure it was a lizard.
But HUGE..& no it was not a iguana..Trust me when I say it looked
just like the lizard from above but FAT, & BIG! It even ran to me..
I was like, OH OH..kinda scared a bit. Kept eye balling me too!
I know theres so many kinds of lizards out there but this one was rare.
If only I had my camera..So Weird, now seeing this thread. Umm..

But yea to answer your question:
You may do a HDR set-up with a 3 shot HDR.
Average, over & under exposures.
But it might not help if the liz is in a shade.
And remember, all this depends on your situation in light (iso).
You might need to bracket your shots +2 & -2 or more stops to get the average exposure on point.




  
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Jul 16, 2012 15:05 |  #6

DreamMaker23 wrote in post #14724949 (external link)
This is crazy, why is it that life is Amazing sometimes!

Lol. One of these? https://www.google.com …ei=mXMEUJKQHoas​0AGR0-jABw (external link)

I'm curious if you can identify it.


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Jul 16, 2012 15:12 |  #7

Nathan wrote in post #14725039 (external link)
Lol. One of these? https://www.google.com …ei=mXMEUJKQHoas​0AGR0-jABw (external link)

I'm curious if you can identify it.

Definity, has to be this...Never seen nothing like it. Forget the name curly tail..
Should be called Fatty! :shock:

http://www.wundergroun​d.com/wximage/ZenballW​izard/318 (external link)

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Jul 16, 2012 15:41 |  #8

I can't believe this hasn't been said: Open the window! Before hand, of course.




  
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Jul 16, 2012 15:48 |  #9

If you are using Lightroom 4 for post processing use the shadows slider. Hopefully you shot it in raw.
If you are using Photoshop CS6 there is a shadow slider in the Camera Raw.

I've noticed that even iPhoto on the Mac has something similar for opening shadows.

If the window is seriously degrading the image then you will need to deal with that for the next shooting opportunity. Clean it, open it, or accept it are the three options.


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Jul 16, 2012 15:53 |  #10

The shadow is the big problem. I assume you are asking about post processing. You need to recover that shadow and can adjust your tone curv or add some fill light in something like Lightroom. The idea is to move the histogram right, but you do need Raw files for this to work well. By adjusting for the shadow it is possible to also down tune the light part. Play with the tone curve. I use lightroom 4.1, which can do this for parts of the image.


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Jul 16, 2012 15:56 |  #11

I see you have the mk 3, try the Built in HDR next time if you have a b.ad shadow


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Jul 16, 2012 16:02 |  #12

I see multiple opportunities to shoot unique images out my back windows but I never trust my camera to focus correctly in time, and I know just opening the door is guaranteed to cause them to depart immediately. I'm not about to leave it outside in hopes of capturing a shot


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Jul 17, 2012 03:48 |  #13

Joe Ravenstein wrote in post #14725387 (external link)
I see multiple opportunities to shoot unique images out my back windows but I never trust my camera to focus correctly in time, and I know just opening the door is guaranteed to cause them to depart immediately. I'm not about to leave it outside in hopes of capturing a shot

Joe,

Leave what outside?

It seems to me that the window is the least of the OP's problem. That shadow destroys the picture long before we start discussing resolution and refraction issues caused by the glass.


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Jul 17, 2012 05:13 |  #14

DreamMaker23 wrote in post #14724949 (external link)
This is crazy, why is it that life is Amazing sometimes!
I saw the weirdest thing today. I'm pretty sure it was a lizard.
But HUGE..& no it was not a iguana..Trust me when I say it looked
just like the lizard from above but FAT, & BIG! It even ran to me..
I was like, OH OH..kinda scared a bit. Kept eye balling me too!
I know theres so many kinds of lizards out there but this one was rare.
If only I had my camera..So Weird, now seeing this thread. Umm..

Was it like this?


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Jul 17, 2012 07:27 |  #15

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Was it like this?

LMAO!!!! bw!




  
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