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Old Aug 28, 2005, 4:18 AM   #1
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I made a few shots some week ago on my very beginning of using a new Nikon model 8700 and now when i'm looking into those picture i was trying to understand some mistakes.

I'm sending two pictures almoust the samewith different parameters. The one much darker has a clouds that I need to be on picture but the town is too dark as on the other one the town is better but there is no clouds.

What should I be aware next time. What parameters are no good.



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Old Aug 28, 2005, 4:20 AM   #2
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Old Aug 28, 2005, 3:38 PM   #3
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still no reply.

this means:

no suggestions because of wrong question, not interested one, too simple for answering or in this situation no real advise to be given.......

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Old Aug 28, 2005, 3:55 PM   #4
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well it really depends on your skills in photoshop...
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Old Aug 28, 2005, 3:57 PM   #5
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the best way is to expose for a good looking sky, as you did in photo #1..

then you will open up the shadows using the shadows/highlights tool.. first though you must make a duplicate copy of your image as a layer.. and then open up the shadows on this duplicate layer.. after you have the ground looking good you will notice now that hte sky is too white..

ok. now make sure you are working on the adjustment layer.. you are going to set the foreground color to black.. you are going to use a soft brush.. and then you are going to "paint" the color back into the sky.. make sure you are working on the adjustment layer or you will simply color the sky black..


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if you don't use much photoshop or don't really want to.. then a circular polarizer fitted to you lens can be helpful.. the best thing would be a graduated neutral density, placing the dark part over the sky.. a .6 model is a good all-around strength..
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Old Aug 29, 2005, 2:16 PM   #7
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Thanks for reply.

I understand the photoshop *assembly*, and I will try it.

Considering the circular polarizer fitted tothe lens I will try to find out what are they since I do not know about them yet. Ofcourse the price will be considered also.


I was thinking first about the possibilities to make good adjusted shots without any PSD treatment. So the circular polarizer is possibility.

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if you really want good skies... take a look at graduated neutral density filters as well.. they can be used alone or with a polarizer and are really a must in your toolkit if landscape photography is your interest..
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I don't find that polarizers do very much for gray skies. They make blue skies bluer in some parts of the sky. And you would still be left with lightening the town compared to the sky.

You might be able to use a graduated neutral density filter for that shot. I think the easiest way is with Photoshop. This is a quick and dirty with selecting the sky and bringing up the black point in levels then inversing the selection and doing some shadow highlight and selective color.

If I were printing it I would likely just replace the sky with a nice one.


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I get vertigo and I'm trying to keep from puking while looking at the pics. Did you take them while rolling down the hill or did you mean to have slant on the subject? :?

Invest in some graduated filters if you do a lot of landscape photos. Also, if your camera can take it, get a linear polarizer instead of a circular. Depending on the angle, LP's can give a graduated look to the sky.
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