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11/01/2007 11:35:04 AM · #1
Shot this years powder puff event, and I think the shutter speed was wrong.....among other things....... most of the shots turned out like this one
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I have no problem editing each shot (1600+) but advice to get them their best? The way I am doing it the skys coming out washed out.

These shots, are the perfect example of id10t errors :)

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Message edited by author 2007-11-01 11:51:26.
11/01/2007 11:50:14 AM · #2
It doesn't look half bad considering it's straight out the camera. Nothing is underexposed and nothing looks overexposed.

Just a simple boost in contrast would give it a bit more definition, and if the sky does get washed out, just layer mask it back in by adding a mask and painting the sky bit black.

failing that, a lvls adjustment would be ok too, as you can control contrast here too, just a bit more finely. But it's not bad at all. If i was at home I could have a brief stint on this and show you what I mean but I think a contrast boost would help, maybe some curves and to bring out the shadows go to selective colour and push the blacks by about 4% or so. That might do it.

But don't be disheartened, it's a good pic. Also, you could motion blur the background, and the wheels of the buggy, and then layer mask the buggy itself to look like it's moving?

Could be an idea :) Not sure if this is what you're after but these are my first thoughts.
11/01/2007 11:56:26 AM · #3
I just bought a new monitor and now thinking it may need adjustment, they look real dark to me. is the processed one to light?
11/01/2007 12:01:44 PM · #4
on my monitor, that is calibrated. the processed one is a bit to bright/light.

Message edited by author 2007-11-01 12:01:57.
11/01/2007 12:12:05 PM · #5
Going to see if I can get the monitor right before i touch another photo. I'll revisit this thread in a bit
11/01/2007 12:27:09 PM · #6
Exposure looks fine to me on the 'before' shots. You can check the histogram in PS and it looks okay.
11/01/2007 12:37:50 PM · #7
Just thought I'd add a little advice on the shutter speed issue as well. It looks like you really used too fast of a speed, it killed any sense of motion and makes it look like you took a shot of a parked vehicle. I'd slow it down and practice panning. Start off at maybe 1/160 sec or 1/125, then see if you can work your way down from there. It kind of depends on how fast the cars are moving...I was fine with 1/160 for some AMA superbike shots, but 1/125 worked better on some lemans type shots. It takes practice but once you get it the results will be worth the time and effort.
11/01/2007 02:06:51 PM · #8
played with the monitor (included tilting it a bit) used the little bar under the picture in current challenge, played with the settings till could see pure white to pure black and all the little squares in between.

opened the photo again, adjusted levels, contrast +7 and a little shadow/highlight...... better?

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