Kings Landing Historical Settlement

Discussion in 'Photography' started by lmelendez, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. lmelendez

    lmelendez Guest

    Hi there

    I went to Kings Landing Historical Settlement in New Brunswick last
    weekend. My family and I had a great time. I took a few snapshots, but
    I'm not 100% convinced with the exposures. It was a bright sunny day
    and even though I used a polarizer,

    I still had a hard time setting the proper exposure... the sky was too
    bright and the subject was getting too dark. I wish I had an ND filter,
    but anyway... I did the best I could:

    Any comments and suggestions are more than welcome!


    lmelendez, Aug 16, 2006
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    Matt Guest

    Matt, Aug 16, 2006
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    lmelendez Guest

    Hi Mathew

    Yes, the camera I used is capable of shooting in Raw. Actually, all
    those pictures were taken originally in RAW and then post-processed
    with Photoshop. However, I'm always trying to get the exposure right at
    the time of the shot so I don't have to do many changes in PS.


    lmelendez, Aug 16, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    The exposures don't look too bad to me, maybe a bit under, it's very
    contrasty though. Maybe if you use the lowest ISO on your camera it will
    reduce the contrast and lift the shadows.
    Guest, Aug 16, 2006
  5. They look pretty good to me, the black point and shadow detail is about
    right. Maybe a touch too contrasty.. BUT - the clouds in some of
    them???! I'm surprised that so many are blown - is there detail in
    them on the original raw shots? If so, you just need to be more
    careful with curves and other post-proc.. Maybe backing off on the
    polariser might have helped - turning to maximum effect is *not* always
    the best setting..
    mark.thomas.7, Aug 17, 2006
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    bob Guest

    Stop Stop Stop... the way you do this is to... (deep breath) convert the RAW
    file while exposing for the sky, then save as "sky" then convert the RAW
    file exposing for the rest of the land and save as "land" once you have done
    this... Open Photoshop and set each of the files as a layer and then simply
    erase the unwanted portion of the top layer so that you are left with a
    completely controlled properly exposed picture. (huff, puff). Try it... you
    will like it...

    bob, Aug 17, 2006
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    bob Guest

    PS. you can do this as many times as you see fit... say you blow out the sky
    and a building but the building is not as overexposed as the sky. Do this
    process for all three (land, sky, and building) and make three layers in
    Photoshop. Erase all unwanted areas from the upper two layers and TADA...

    bob, Aug 17, 2006
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    Matt Guest

    Matt, Aug 17, 2006
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    bob Guest

    bob, Aug 17, 2006
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    lmelendez Guest

    Thanks for the responses guys.

    I agree about the contrast. I was adjusting the levels and I think I
    might need to readjustments.

    About exposing for the sky and then for the shadows, well... I thought
    of that. The raw files will give me enough details to be able to get it
    right in PS... but I was hopping to get it right at capture time (ND
    filters or something) :)

    I have seen awesome shots taken with Film with no post processing,
    that's why I was wondering how they do that....

    Thanks again!

    lmelendez, Aug 17, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    Slow film and pre-flashing is how.
    Guest, Aug 17, 2006
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    APEX Guest

    Great suggestion Bob!
    Your method can also be done using a layer mask in Photoshop. You would
    shoot two of the same pictures exposing for the clouds in one and the
    subject in the other. Then put them both together in Photoshop. The top
    layer should be called "Layer 1" and the bottom will be "Background".
    Lower the opacity of "Layer 1" to, say, 50% so you can precisely line
    it up with the "Background" image by moving it around with your arrow
    keys. Once it's lined up, put the opacity back to 100%. If "Layer 1" is
    the subject, add a layer mask and start taking away the overexposed
    clouds with the paintbrush tool and a soft brush. This will allow the
    properly exposed clouds below to show through. If the clouds are "Layer
    1", then take away the undrexposed (i.e. dark) subject. The convenient
    feature of a layer mask, as opposed to erasing, is that you can hit the
    "X" on your keyboard and "paint" over areas you accidentally removed,
    thus making them visible again. Hope I have it all right and it helps,
    APEX, Aug 19, 2006
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