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Old Aug 6, 2003, 8:25 AM   #1
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Default Coolpix 5000 washout

:?: I've invested alot of money in the Nikon CP 5000--I'm satisfied
except I am unable to get a decent sky in my landscape photos.
The sky is almost always washed out and this is very dissapoint-
ing since landscapes are my favorite subject. Can I do anything
to correct, or do I have to scrap the whole Nikon kit? Can you
advise as to the best digital camera for those landscape shots??
I'm tired of the guesswork needed when purchasing a camera.
The salespeople never mention camera weeknesses when sell-
ing you a camera. (I did research the Nikon 5000 before purchase,
but found nothing about this problem.) Will appreciate your
comments and ideas ---
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Old Aug 6, 2003, 9:07 AM   #2
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Get yourself a circular polarizing filter and the lens adapter for the Coolpix 5000. All good landscape photographers use polarizing filters to deepen the blues and cut down on the sun reflections.

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Old Aug 6, 2003, 11:34 AM   #3
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It's not a weakness of *your* camera...actually it's the nature of cameras in general.

Say you have a bright sky, and your subject is a large group of trees in shadow. If your picture is concentrated on the dark trees your light meter will read the lack of light and set the camera for that to let more light in...your sky will be washed out. Now if you were to concentrate more on the sky the light meter would take a reading from that and reduce the amount of light coming into the camera, and the trees would be all in black. Your eyes do this automatically so you never have to think about that, but with a photo you (and the camera) see everything at once.

The polarizer will be able to improve the situation, but it takes a little practice and looking at the LCD to use it (the polarizer needs to be rotated to set it properly, and you need to look through the main lens to see the results).

Here's a great page with examples (although the sky examples are further down the page, polarizers are also great for cutting down on glass reflections so you can shoot through windows :roll: )...it's also great for shooting things in water; check out the fish example on that page:

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Here's a great page I found showing where your camera is reading the light from can influence the picture:
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