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Kenzie Jan 20, 2011 2:22 PM

Help needed
Hi guys, any chance you can help rescue this shot of my sister-in-law and her future hubby? Not sure what happened but I need help!

VTphotog Jan 20, 2011 8:25 PM

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The very bright light and white shirts make the camera expose for the highlights, and the large amount of contrast gives shadows that are very dark. Not much you can do to change it with the camera.
I ran the picture through Photoimpact, using the HDR function, and tried Martin Syke's AutoHDR program as well. They both really improve the shot.


jachol Jan 21, 2011 3:25 AM

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Here's my take. ... Jack

simple Jan 21, 2011 1:33 PM

Ozzie_Traveller Jan 21, 2011 1:50 PM

G'day Kenzie

Looks to me like a case of underexposure where you can (probably) do a fixit via 'good ole photoshop levels' ... I use Elements-8

Click on Ctrl L to activate Levels, move the white-slider in till it kisses the histogram
Move the centre marker a bit to the left to bring up the mid-tones

here is a screen dump showing it in action ...

Hope this helps a bit
Regards, Phil

Bynx Jan 22, 2011 6:57 AM

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Here's my take on it.

Kenzie Jan 22, 2011 2:09 PM

Is there anything I can do in future to avoid this happening?

Bynx Jan 22, 2011 2:15 PM

In this case a fill flash would have been useful to put some light in the shadow areas of the people. The rest doesnt matter as long as your overall settings were right for the scene.

VTphotog Jan 22, 2011 2:39 PM

It is best to avoid having your subjects in direct sunlight, particularly if they are wearing white. If you have to, though, you can try to position them so there is reflected light filling in the shadowed side. (something like white house siding or a light colored wall - even a sheet hung on a line, but keep it out of the frame)
If you do a lot of outdoor shooting, a portable reflector is nice to have.


Kenzie Jan 23, 2011 5:06 AM

I have an HS10 with it set to SR Auto as I was taking a lot of photos that day in different condtions. Most shots came out good, just not this one.

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