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Old Oct 10, 2010, 3:31 PM   #1
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Slightly cloudy day, firmly hand held camera, Program mode... Nice country house, by the sea, but not a very nice image quality... Or maybe I am wrong?
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It looks like a nice picture from the posting. My only suggestion would be to use a "landscape" mode rather than a "portrait" mode. Also experimenting with the white balance might improve the color. There is a "cloudy day" setting. I have the Saturation on plus 1 in my FZ35 - it seems to brighten up the colors a bit.
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Clint is 100% correct-

Using the Landscape scene Mode will ad some "pop" to the green in the back ground.
Increasing the saturation will enhance the colors, and a bit of sharpness would complete the adjustments.

Your adjusted photo should look about like this, depending on personal tastes:

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/Pa...7_CKnFa-X3.jpg

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Slightly cloudy day, firmly hand held camera, Program mode... Nice country house, by the sea, but not a very nice image quality... Or maybe I am wrong?
Thanks for any help.
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It looks like a nice picture from the posting. My only suggestion would be to use a "landscape" mode rather than a "portrait" mode. Also experimenting with the white balance might improve the color. There is a "cloudy day" setting. I have the Saturation on plus 1 in my FZ35 - it seems to brighten up the colors a bit.
Clint, if I may ask, do you generally adjust sharpness as well, or just saturation?
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 7:25 AM   #6
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Clint, if I may ask, do you generally adjust sharpness as well, or just saturation?
My FZ35 currently is set at

Saturation +1
Sharpness +1
Noise Reduction -1
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Very nice photo...a tripod or a solid object to brace on and keep the camera dead still would have made this shot better...take your time and always use a breathing technique when focusing and fully depressing the shutter...using an f/5 to f/8 aperture would also sharpen this photo up with the FZ35...

It is a very nice photo and you should be proud of it...and yes every photo any of us take could always be "better" in some aspect...thats what keeps us coming back for more...it is a great hobby and allows a lot of fun...

And use Clint's Camera settings above...thats exactly how I set my FZ35's...

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Thank you all, guys, for your soothing comments!
This photo was taken as follows:
auto WB
contrast hard
saturation high
sharpness hard
iso 80
f3,4
shutter speed 1/60
EV +- 0
I think there was not a lot I could do before shooting... Ok, I know photoshop can do a lot to improove any picture, but I prefare to do more before capturing the picture...
Am I right?
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Alexander-

We don't always experience ideal shooting conditions or ideal operator proficiency in taking photos. Therefore, in my opinion, I think that photo editing has a real place in photography.

I re-processed your photo for your inspection. Was that re-processed image any better in your opinion??

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I think it looks fine but I personally set contrast to 0 because it works against saturation. (Higher contrast pushes colours towards black/white where they cannot be as saturated and compresses the detail in the shadows and highlights)
Also don't overdo the sharpness if you might want to postprocess as it can create gentle halos which can become much more obvious later.

I'd second Sarah's opinion that it's worth understanding the postprocessing because I'd bet that every single photo you've seen that has got that 'wow' factor has been processed to get it.
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