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Old Feb 22, 2006, 11:32 AM   #1
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I took the first batch of pictures with my new H1 and although I was very very happy with picture sharpness, I did have problems with the exposure. I took most shots with in P mode with most settings at default values. The exposure metering was setto center-weight (some wre matrix but I found the results to be even worse in high contrast scenes). Most pictures were landscape inbright daylight. The more sky I added to the frame, the worse theshaded areas appeared, which to a certain degree is normal camera behavior. Thething is, if I increase the EV (+0.3 or 0.7), the sky becomes washed out. If I decrease, everything gets dark. I've been browsing some H1 galleries in pbase and noticed by looking at the full EXIF of many pictures with high contrast areasthat a lot of people set the EV at - something (as suggested in the White Paper). So, I don't get it. Should Iset theEV to a -1.3 so that the sky light gets drastically reduced thus making the shaded areas brighter? Suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
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Old Feb 22, 2006, 10:45 PM   #2
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You are experiencing the limited dynamic range of many digital cameras. Because they have less exposure latitude, images with a wide range of exposure values create difficult shooting situations. Exposing for the highlights render shadows to dark, exposing for shadows blow the highlights. This is where the live histogram will help. You want the graph to be spread fairly even throughout the image. Overexposure will be bunched to the right, and under will be bunched left. Play with the EV until you get a decent balance, or at least slightly underexposed. You can the tweak the image even more in post to bring out shadow detail without washing out your sky.
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Old Feb 23, 2006, 1:19 AM   #3
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Thanks very much for your suggestions, RJ. That brings another problem. The histogram on the H1 can not be displayed by itself. I like to see as liitle information as possible on the LCD while I'm composing a shot since I findall the little icons very distracting.So, if I want to see the histogram, I also have also see the icons for thebattery, # of shots left, mode setting, etc. etc, taking a good chunck of the LCD. It would be nice ifI could select the iconsI wished to have displayed on the LCD (i.e. AF, TF, EV and Histogram only).
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