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Old Sep 9, 2017, 2:19 PM   #1
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I've just bought an old Nikon Coolpix 5400, hoping that its Automatic Exposure Bracketing function would work more reliably than the AEBs of an equally old Olympus C-3020 or of an Olympus S-350.

Thankfully, it does. Here's the result after processing with Photomatix and Photoshot Elements 2 -
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Old Sep 9, 2017, 6:14 PM   #2
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Naahhh .......

Admittedly this is a tuffy as it is shooting into the light, but I think that you could have gotten this pix lots better conventionally using proper level flash fill
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Old Sep 9, 2017, 8:42 PM   #3
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The camera doesn't (I think) allow flash to be combined with AEB, but in this case, I think the low light in the room was my doing when I was using Photomatix.

Here's another version, but this time I used Photoshop to keep the garden colours to my liking -
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Old Sep 9, 2017, 9:00 PM   #4
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Alright, I'll buy it.
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I don't know whether you'll buy this one too, but I think it shows how wide a range is covered by the 5 pictures recorded by the Nikon 5400 when using bracketing. I felt the urge to use Photoshop to also darken the reflections in the screen of the TV but I didn't have the time to spare...

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Old Sep 10, 2017, 5:42 AM   #6
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That one is pretty good. The paneling shows up looking quite luxurious, but to attain that, one is "pushing" the lighting on floor surface areas and chair back and table (room back). In any event, a tough shot, but practising on challenging situations is what helps sharpen/develop pix taking & processing skills.
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I couldn't resist working on yet another version, especially one that might take care of the rather bright lighting of the floor that you mentioned.

And then I thought that much as the wood covering the wall looked in the picture, as you said, luxurious, nonetheless it looks, to anybody actually standing there in the room, considerably less than luxurious - so I reduced the saturation a bit to make the wall color is more like the real thing.

I've also used the Photoshop distort function to make the sides of the picture look more vertical.

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Old Sep 11, 2017, 1:05 AM   #8
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Alright, best one yet. Very balanced (at least relative to the others).

Good work.
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