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A night shot of Windsor Castle, how do Improve the colours I seem to be getting do I need to use gimp,photoshop to achieve this?

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:35.0 - 80.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 54.7 - 125.0 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:26 Nov 2012 - 4:29 PM
Focal Length:66mm
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:6sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Windsor Castle
Username:Hatomedic Hatomedic
Uploaded:30 Nov 2012 - 9:55 AM
Tags:Architecture, Night photography
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2799 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2012 - 1:18 PM

Welco0me to EPZ James. Can you tell us first what you think is not right with the colours you have here? Looks good to me. You do need a photo editing programme for a load of reasons apart from colour, - Gimp is free and a decent piece of software, Photoshop is not free and is the standard for photo editing and quite powerful.



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Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 30 Nov 2012 - 1:19 PM

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4209 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2012 - 1:34 PM

Good image.
I rather like the colours, gold and dark blue. Not too dark, can see detail around tree.
I've done a mod which crops a little off the left hand side to shift castle a little more off centre.
Not really necessary but just a thought.
I know you were asking about colours but you will find people will have other views about a picture.
regards
Ian

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2012 - 2:50 PM

Hello, I have done you a mod. I first corrected the exposure which made the lights and reflections brighter. Then I corrected the colour cast which took out a bit of blue, and gave it just a bit more contrast. My software is quite basic but I am sure all software will do these things, hope this helpsGrin
Diane

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2012 - 6:30 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is pretty good. I see nothing wrong with the colours but wonder if you could have slightly more sharpness. You do need a photo editing program. Many here use Photoshop but it is very expensive. Photoshop Elements, the cut down version, does everything most keen photographers could want at about 80.

Digital images usually need some adjustment, contrast, brightness, sharpness etc. In the bad old days, photographers spent hours in darkrooms getting things right. Digital is so much easier in many ways but you still need to climb a learning curve. Master camera controls first, then software to get a good image, then start to experiment.

Paul

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Hatomedic
Hatomedic  1 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2012 - 8:42 AM

Hey guys, thank you all for your comments and mods iancrowson and fefe. I have downloaded gimp and am currently experimenting with a few tools. I will use the software and post something soon.

thanks again

James

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