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momof3b1g Dec 29, 2006 8:24 PM

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I took some snow pictures with my new Rebel XT. I took them on P, ISO 100, WB set on Cloudy. I don't know how about changing shutter speed or aperture. How did they come out? It was a gray and clody day ould i have made them look better? How did I do?

momof3b1g Dec 29, 2006 8:25 PM

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2nd photo

Sintares Dec 29, 2006 10:05 PM

Maybe brighten it a little, get the snow closer to white?

Sintares Dec 29, 2006 10:16 PM

mtngal Dec 29, 2006 10:17 PM

Sure looks like a cold, grey day, and the pictures as they are certainly convey that feeling. Not sure if you would want to change them at all.

Shooting in snow is difficult for a camera - the snow reflects lots of light and that can fool the camera's light meter into underexposing the picture. General rule is to set the camera to overexpose the scene to compensate for all that reflected light. Best thing to do in this situation is to bracket your picture - I assume the Rebel has some way of setting it to do the bracketing for you (takes three pictures in quick succession where one is how the camera thinks it should be exposed, one is underexposed, one overexposed). Then review them to see which one gives you the right exposure. There should be a way to change the exposure value (EV) to either plus or minus, nice if you know you want to overexpose the shot. Remember, it's digital and there's a delete button, so don't be afraid to make changes to your camera's setting.

The other thing you might want to do next time is to change the white balance. This looks like some early morning pictures I've taken when none of the presets on my camera are quite right, and I've manually set the white balance to match the lighting. These are a couple of things to check out in your owners manual (it always helps me to have a reason for looking something up in the manual - otherwise much of it is just words and options without meaning. It helps to know why you might want to know what the EV button does).

As far as these go, you can change quite a bit by software. I'm no software expert (someone gave me a copy of Photoshop 3 a number of years ago and I've just continued to use it. I have no idea how any of the other programs work) but I know that many of them have ways of adjusting the color balance. In Photoshop it is a very simple fix (probably auto levels would work with something as simple as these).

Anyway, some things to think about for the future. As I said above, I'm not sure I'd change these two - I can feel the cold through my monitor.

momof3b1g Dec 29, 2006 10:35 PM

Thanks so much! They do look like I saw it. :o) Guess they just don't look as pretty w/o the sun.

superakuma Dec 30, 2006 8:34 PM

The exposer came out pretty good if it was on auto.

The only thing that I don't likle about the first picture is the gingerbread house on the bottom right. The whole picture has that mono-tone look to it but that house on the bottom with the bright red pulls the attention away from the tree.

momof3b1g Dec 30, 2006 8:49 PM

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I was just playing around with my camera. Didn't realize i got the house in there. LOL here is another i took.

Sneezy1956 Dec 31, 2006 12:28 AM

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I hope you don't mind I played just a little with the exposure. If you don't like it just let me know and I'll take it down. But, it's such a beautiful picture I couldn't help but tweak it just a little.

I played with the curves just a little and the saturation along with a slight bit of sharpening.

momof3b1g Dec 31, 2006 11:14 AM

Nope don't mind at all. Looks good. What program did you use?

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