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Looking for input on color and contrast

 
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Mar 06, 2010 09:49 |  #1

Below are some pics I took at a local import show. The sun was harsh and I'm torn at how best to compensate for it.

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Mar 06, 2010 10:06 |  #2

Is your monitor calibrated?

1 - too much contrast, or tone curve wrong, and/or black level too high
2 - WB looks off, and/or too much contrast, and/or black level too high
5 - too much contrast, or tone curve wrong, and/or black level too high


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Mar 06, 2010 10:50 as a reply to  @ blackhawk's post |  #3

For post processing, if you have CS4 at least, you can go to "image>adjustments>shadows/highlights" to correct the dark areas. You don't have image editing OK turned on or I'd show you an example.


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Mar 06, 2010 11:12 |  #4

The biggest problem I have with these is the over exposure and washed out colours. However, I feel that you need to work a little more on your compositional skills for as they stand these are more suited for your facebook pages than as stand alone images on a photographic forum. Sorry for the rather harsh criticism.


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Mar 06, 2010 12:17 |  #5

navydoc wrote in post #9740428 (external link)
For post processing, if you have CS4 at least, you can go to "image>adjustments>shadows/highlights" to correct the dark areas. You don't have image editing OK turned on or I'd show you an example.

I turned it on if you do wish to post an example.




  
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Mar 06, 2010 12:19 |  #6

blackhawk wrote in post #9740240 (external link)
Is your monitor calibrated?

1 - too much contrast, or tone curve wrong, and/or black level too high
2 - WB looks off, and/or too much contrast, and/or black level too high
5 - too much contrast, or tone curve wrong, and/or black level too high

Thanks for the advise. I haven't played with the tone curves too much so I will experiment with them.




  
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Mar 06, 2010 12:27 |  #7

corkneyfonz wrote in post #9740517 (external link)
The biggest problem I have with these is the over exposure and washed out colours. However, I feel that you need to work a little more on your compositional skills for as they stand these are more suited for your facebook pages than as stand alone images on a photographic forum. Sorry for the rather harsh criticism.

I will gladly accept your criticism. Unfortunately I was shooting at near high noon and the few pictures I tried to adjust for the washed out colors ended up looking more like a painted cartoon. I guess you can say due to my inexperience with advanced color processing I chose the best of two evils.

And you are right about the composition. I had an accident that messed up my wrists and I've finally gotten enough strength to by able to move the camera around (without much pain). My mindset while shooting was more along the lines of just catching candids and I avoided (which I shouldn't have but I did) really setting up some of the shots. Plus there were a lot of people walking around and I lost quie a few shots during the day due to people walking in my path and then losing the 'scene'. So I was shooting more like a gatling gun than a sniper for most of the day.

In the future I will make an effort to shoot more for quality than quantity (I was too excited to even be shooting that day to be honest).




  
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Mar 06, 2010 12:38 |  #8

Stu Scully wrote in post #9740831 (external link)
Thanks for the advise. I haven't played with the tone curves too much so I will experiment with them.

Shoot as RAW files if not already. DPP is a easy to use and free Canon app for editing RAWS that does a better job than other 3rd party apps sometimes.

Changing picture styles in the RAW files can also help. Try the using the "faithful" setting when the contrast is too harsh.

Try using a different metering mode while shooting and/or using manual mode.


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Mar 06, 2010 12:52 as a reply to  @ blackhawk's post |  #9

An example for 'rescuing' images that are too dark/high contrast using the 'shadows/highlights' adjustment in PS CS4. I just did the 1st picture in your original post.


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