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Camera settings/PS fix for blown hilights?!

 
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Mar 16, 2011 00:18 |  #1

I was just wondering what I should be doing to control hilights in a shot like this. It was taken with my 50D and 70-200 f4L on a very sunny day, so there is tons of contrast between the dark logs and the white of the cat. I wanted the background blurred as much as possible, so it was shot at f4 1/1250 100iso. Truth be told, I can't seem to shoot this cat without the "glow," regardless of aperture, shutter, etc. on a sunny day. Are there settings on the 50D I could be using to control this, or is it easier to fix in post-processing (and if so, how)? I've played with hilights, exposure, gamma correction, curves and other things but can't seem to fix this without sacrificing something else and the end product looking unnatural. Help!


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Mar 16, 2011 07:47 |  #2

How would you like to see this improved? The whites look white, and the shadows have detail -- if you want the whites not-so-bright you need to bring highlights down in post-processing, but like you said too much of that can make things look bad. Bring the overall exposure down a touch and the highlights down a touch?


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Mar 16, 2011 08:14 |  #3

... and what's wrong with this photo again? Nothing white is blown out, in fact, I probably would have enhanced the contrast in some spots just a touch as the image looks a little flat.

I think you should look into calibrating your monitor, because looking at the histogram in Photoshop, there is plenty of headroom in the highlights.


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Mar 16, 2011 08:50 |  #4

tonylong wrote in post #12030211 (external link)
How would you like to see this improved? The whites look white, and the shadows have detail -- if you want the whites not-so-bright you need to bring highlights down in post-processing, but like you said too much of that can make things look bad. Bring the overall exposure down a touch and the highlights down a touch?

I agree. It looks pretty good to me, too. Maybe the area of the leg just to the left of the left eye could have more highlight detail, but I don't mind that.

First, your image is aRGB & not sRGB.

Are there settings on the 50D I could be using to control this,

Second, the cat is in sunlight, so I'd use this to to keep detail where I wanted it: Need an exposure crutch?

Why?
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Third, Adjustment Layers are one answer to touching up just a few parts of an image. Post #9:
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Mar 16, 2011 09:04 |  #5

If anything, the image is underexposed.


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Mar 16, 2011 15:19 |  #6

I'm assuming that you simply missed the 'Image edit and repost permission' setting in your profile.

Shadows, contrast and saturation: up
Highlights: down a little
A bit of sharpening


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Mar 16, 2011 16:47 as a reply to  @ agedbriar's post |  #7

Your posted image is in Adobe RGB, so that hurts your color a bit. There are no blown highlights in this, but the white balance is a bit off. If you want
the details in the highlights to show better, you might go for a little more depth of field, and some sharpening (I used Topaz Detail on this one ... very good
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