Tom Priceon July 2, 2007
Do you think there would be some benefit in a curve adjustment to increase the contrast of the bridge? Maybe I'm contrast happy, but I want the bridge to have a little more pop.
george fillmore (gefillmore)on July 2, 2007
I think I tried exposure to the right for about 30 seconds-
hey, if I can keep it between the lines I'm doing good-
in fact, if it's bumping on the left side and I know I've got some stuff that's really dark, idgas-
That SQ you linked to looks like it has webbed feet. Does it?
and yes I agree the Exposure on that shot is very nice.
I too have been shoot a lot more in manual mode but watching the Histogram while setting the Exposure is Imperative.
The Curious Camel aka gailon July 2, 2007
Actually you could be right Sean. I have a little trouble sometimes worrying about getting enough light.
This was a while back and the bridge was to dark so I did s/h and did place the sky back to original. Just forgot.
I just really liked the bridge and didn't expose it correctly and tried to fix it. I know, I know you just can't fix a bad shot but stupid me still tries sometimes. :)
Since I have been using Manual mode I seem to over expose and have been really trying to watch that. If I have time and really think about what
I'm doing and use the historgram I do alot better. For example: http://thecuriouscamel.smugmug.com/photos/168452141-L.jpg
Thanks both of you.
Since my name was mentioned:-) What I have found is the 30D histogram seems a bit off or the EC is a bit off, and that might not be quite right to say either..How about normal for the camera. Too far to the right gets hot/harsh before the histo really shows it. I don't run mine clear to the right like is generally recommended and by how much just depends, my 20D can be even more finicky.
Now little bit more thought. Much of the recos are often done by pros using pro bodies and I think, over all, those cameras handle that better than the ones we use. Just been kicking that around a bit. Example, a quite good pro recommends that you set the in camera contrast to a -1 so you will push to the right more, that is with a 1D, I tried it with the 30D and it was FUGLY.:-)
I have been noticing a slight change of exposure towards the right in several of your images Gail. Have you been employing the shoot to the right techniques that the tutorials explained?
I suspect you are. I too fell into this mode for a bit, until Thusie mentioned that my shots started to look "harsh" and pushing the exposure just a little too far to the right was part of the problem. I would push too far and in fact most times actually slightly blow out the highlights but only slightly and they still could be recovered in the RAW settings.
What I have been doing now is backing that off about 1/2 a stop (not pushing quite so far, it has brought things back to a much better look IMO.
Nice, love that bridge. Water is kind of an ugly color:-) That is just a comment doesn't distract from the shot.
Art Levineon July 2, 2007