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Old Jun 17, 2004, 12:24 PM   #1
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I feel this camera should be able to capture better highlight detail than this. How can I get more detail into those white feathers?
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Old Jun 17, 2004, 1:25 PM   #2
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It's a difficult scene to shoot properlybecauseof the large dynamic range: the white feathers are over-exposed, the top area is under-exposed, and everything else is properly exposed. If you deliberately unerexpose by 1/3 or 2/3 f-stop, the results may be better. You can almost always improve under-exposure in post-processing (e.g., Photoshop), but can't do much with washed out over-exposures.
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Old Jun 17, 2004, 1:28 PM   #3
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All so called prosumer digital cameras have dynamic range limitations. You get the most dynamic range with the camera set at minimum contrast. You should also use minimum sharpening since the image is likely going to have to be processed. The general principal is that blown highlights are just gone but you can bring out darker detail in an image editor.

Solution A:
  • Set the camera for minimum contrast and sharpening.[/*]
  • Use the histogram to keep the whites from bunching on the right.[/*]
  • You could also spot meter on different parts of the bird.[/*]
  • In your image editor select the bird.[/*]
  • Invert the selection and bring up the shadow levels.[/*]
  • Sharpen the image.[/*]
  • Apply Neat Image of Noise Ninja if you bring out shadow noise.
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Buy a DSLR or shoot with film.




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Old Jun 17, 2004, 7:03 PM   #4
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Very good answer. Many people leave the EC set to -1/3 on the FZ10. I'd also like to add that even with a DSLR, whites tend to get blown out.

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All so called prosumer digital cameras have dynamic range limitations. You get the most dynamic range with the camera set at minimum contrast. You should also use minimum sharpening since the image is likely going to have to be processed. The general principal is that blown highlights are just gone but you can bring out darker detail in an image editor.

Solution A:
  • Set the camera for minimum contrast and sharpening. [/*]
  • Use the histogram to keep the whites from bunching on the right. [/*]
  • You could also spot meter on different parts of the bird. [/*]
  • In your image editor select the bird. [/*]
  • Invert the selection and bring up the shadow levels. [/*]
  • Sharpen the image. [/*]
  • Apply Neat Image of Noise Ninja if you bring out shadow noise.[/*]
Solution B:

Buy a DSLR or shoot with film.




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Old Jun 18, 2004, 9:32 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. I have taken your advice and shot these yesterday. Much better. I love this camera now!
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Old Jun 18, 2004, 8:36 PM   #6
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Another way is using spot metering on the bird. The best way however is using manual mode, what you see (in the EVF) is what you get!
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