How many times have you taken a photo and it turns out poor because of bad lighting conditions? Before I toss a photo out I will do some exposure adjustments and even convert it to black and white to see if that helps the image~
This photo of my Son and his girlfriend was taken as they were sitting in a car in the middle of the day. There were bad shadows across both of they’re faces so I just decreased the lighting levels and saturation in hopes of saving the photo. I also applied a hint of blur to further even the skin tones out a bit.
I have nice windows in my bedroom but many times I can get a harsh backlight situation producing blown out photos. So to counter in this photo, I decreased the exposure level and saturation down producing greater details in the pitcher.
This early morning Florida beach photo was a tad too dark and the sand had a slight blue cast. I just increased the exposure a bit and decreased the saturation to take full advantage of the beautiful colors of the sunrise.
One of my favorite photos from Curious Sofa’s Christmas Open House 2008. To capture the ambience of the night and the beautiful candle topped farm table, I increased the exposure level just slightly. Since there were a few overhead lights that created a yellow cast, I decreased the saturation tone in the image to focus attention on the table.
Don’t give up on those photos, try doing some level adjustments to see what you come up with!
Answers to some of your photography questions:
1. My equipment~ Canon 5d MK2, Canon Film Camera, Nikon d90 and a number of lenses, speedlites, reflector, studio lighting.
2. My favorite photo editing software is Lightroom 3 and Photoshop Elements.
3. I shoot RAW files so I can have full post processing control. But the above examples can be done using JPEG files too.
4. I have learned to take my time with each image and capture the best straight out of the camera shot that I can. This helps in reducing any post processing needs.
5. To teach yourself about proper exposure settings, try shooting in Manual mode~Trust me, it’s not hard!