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Canon Cameras - Washed Out Photos

 
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Dec 31, 2012 09:19 |  #1

Hi,

I've owned several canon digital cameras and I've noticed that many of my pictures appear washed out and photo editing apps are always correcting the image. I currently own a Canon SX260 HS. I usually leave the camera in full auto mode, but now I'm wondering if I shouldn't do this. I've attached 2 photos as a comparison. #1 is untouched, #2 is corrected. I like the results of #2. It appears the the corrected photo has more highlights and shadow. Is there a way to correct for this without always having to fiddle with the camera adjustments?

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Dec 31, 2012 10:21 |  #2

Well, the low contrast in the first photo is probably due to the lighting that day. Do you have any other instances of where you thought the image didn't come out right?


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Dec 31, 2012 10:55 |  #3

There are a number of reasons that could account for the low contrast in the first photo, as already mentioned, I think the lighting may be a big culprit. IMO, the easiest way to correct for this is in post. It only takes a few seconds and you can precisely dial up the contrast to exactly where you would like it.




  
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Dec 31, 2012 11:13 |  #4
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jasonv wrote in post #15427050 (external link)
Hi,
Is there a way to correct for this without always having to fiddle with the camera adjustments?

Photoshop Reverse Engineering will help you.
Take a number of photos w given camera in a few modes in different light
and enhance w PS. Note what kind of corrections are necessary for given conditions ..
If exposure, contrast, brightness, etc is a constant problem that will point you in right direction and your settings can be improved.


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Dec 31, 2012 20:30 |  #5

Try setting the camera to the Landscape mode. Canon out-of-camera jpegs can "seem" a bit more subdued in the Auto mode (what would be the Standard Picture Style). People who shoot Nikons a lot of times prefer the greater Contrast and Saturation shots that come out of their Auto modes.

You should realize, though, that this is all a matter of personal preference. If you like the results of the Landscape mode, well, more power to ya, although if it was me, I think I'd prefer the first as a "starting point" and then add a touch of Contrast and Saturation to suit my tastes rather than just rely on the Landscape in-camera adjustments!


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Jan 01, 2013 01:44 |  #6

It's important to understand that out of the camera jpegs are just images that the camera has post-processed using a small set of generic settings. You have multiple pre-sets for this which they call "picture styles". On Canon cameras, the "normal" or default is a low contrast, low saturation, moderately sharpened image. This is likely because people tend to use cameras to take photos of people and lower contrast and saturation helps to smooth skin and de-emphasize flaws.

But you have several picture styles to choose from. Plus, depending on your camera, you can edit those. Also, some cameras come packaged with the "picture styles editor" software which allows you to go in and further tweak those settings.

Experiment with these settings. I think you'll find what you are looking for.


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