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10-25-2004 12:48 AM  13 years agoPost 1

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St. Petersburg, Florida

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ok, im having some trouble with a few photos i took. the photos are of light colored houses on a very sunny day. the houses apear over exposed and the rest of the picture looks good....

1st....what should i change on the camera to correct this?

2cnd.... and this be corrected after the fact in photoshop or similiar?

3rd..... can you post photos to this forum if they arent in your gallery?

thanks as always!


10-25-2004 04:04 AM  13 years agoPost 2


Port Orchard, Washington

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First what kind of camera do you have?
If there is a manual setting to the camera in other words you can set the shutter speed and apature.
Then meter off the house on the ground before you fly. Then leave the camera settings alone so that is shoots the same exposure in the air.

As for fixing it in photoshop there is 2 ways I know of the "adjust" that kind of exposure. I am sure there are more, but this is the limit of my knowledge.

1. IF the images were shot in RAW or NEF format. You can adjust the EV in the Advanced RAW features of Photoshop.
This means you would have to shoot the images in RAW format to begin with. Only the higher end digitals have that feature.

2. You can find the best compromise by adjusting the brightness and contrast of the image.

As for posting you have to either put them in your gallery or host them somewhere else on the internet and put them in your post with the IMG tag.

Hope some of that helped.

Jason Stiffey
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10-25-2004 06:18 AM  13 years agoPost 3
Peace Frog


Nashville, TN

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unfortunately, if they are way overexposed there is nothing there for you to bring down... it's just a big blob. Try adusting the gamma curves in Photoshop to clip the whites down while keeping your blacks.

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10-25-2004 07:12 PM  13 years agoPost 4


Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada

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Not a lot you can do...comes down to garbage in, garbage out. Photoshop and other programs cannot do miracles.

Setting the shot with proper sun and camera angles is important. Most of what you do will come with a little experience.

Remember flat surfaces, (roofs, roads, water, etc.) will reflect light at certain angles.

Planning time of day, sun angle and shooting angle are the first steps in getting decent photos. Editing is for enhancing good photos, not salvaging bad ones.


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