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Save Those Photos

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.

And finally…..

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!

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    August 29, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Nice site, i am so interested to do this as well…could you advise as to how to begin this? thank you, Heidi

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    August 29, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Very nice site, i too am interested doing this. Could you please advise how to go about this? Thank you ..

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    August 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I am so in love with photography again (and my Canon EOS 50D!) ;-)I think it is because this time I have “control” of my images where as before with out having a darkroom to process my own film I relied on a photo drop of site.
    I too shoot in Manual and RAW formats. Absolutely no waste now and if I don’t like something, even after tweaking, I can always delete and take it over again.
    Have a Great day Carol

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    August 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you so much for all of your fabulous tips. I’ve recently started playing with a DSLR and your hints help me to have even more fun. Manual more here I come!!
    Enjoy a terrific weekend!!

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      Carol Spinski
      August 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Thank You Nerina~ Manual mode is really fairly simple. Just a matter of finding the best combination of ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.

      Have Fun!

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