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Inside the Church of Pinerollo (Italy, near Turin)

By laureenofscotts
I was amazed by the colour of the inside of the church and the paintings, unusual on columns.

Tags: Painting Lights Architecture Columns Italy Church interior

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
17 Mar 2019 4:00PM
Welcome both to Ephotozine, and to the Critique Gallery.

You ticked the 'Critique wanted' box when you uploaded, so yo ucan't get votes or awards - instead, you'll get a number of people giving thoughtful feedback on your picture.

If you don't want this, make sure that you don't tick the box next time. If you do want critique, it's helpful if you tell us what you were aiming for, and how you reckon you did.

This looks like a record shot of an interesting place: technically, it's on the edge, as even with a high ISO setting, you were using a very wide aperture and a slow shutter speed, which is quite risky in terms of getting camera shake (more so as your camera is a compact that you hold at arm's length, rather than with the viewfinder to yoru eye, giving a third support (two hands, and the camera pressed against your forehead). Still, sharpness is OK, and the obvious problem is the dynamic range - the extremes of light and dark - that the image contains.

Processing can help with bringing out more detail I'll give it a go and see what I can achieve.

In terms of the composition, getting just a fraction more in, so that the window on the right is in frame, and the base of the pillar on the left might give an easier feel. But you've captured the drama of the place, and have a memento of a place you enjoyed visiting.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2019 5:06PM
A warm welcome from me too, I hope you'll find the site and the Critique Gallery useful.

You did some good things here. Use of portrait format conveys the towering height of the column, wide angle makes maximum use of available light.

John has covered a lot of ground above, I would just reinforce his comment that you were operating at the extremes of what your camera will do technically. High ISO (light sensitivity), necessary for such conditions, gives a reduced image quality. The smaller the sensor (that's the physical size, not the pixel count), the more apparent this will be. While 1/20 second is perilously slow, and risks camera shake. I think that is what has happened here, you focused I think on that nearest column which is good - it's the detail nearest to our eyes and best lit. But it's not as sharp as it could be.

My advice would be - when photographing in dodgy light, and using program or auto mode, keep an eye on what settings the camera is giving you and act accordingly. Try to brace yourself against a wall and be very careful about your posture - feet slightly apart, elbows tucked in, for stability.

Another suggestion is to look for more even lighting in the frame. It would have been easier for the camera if you had found a view without those bright windows, because they really mess with the camera's 'brain'. Look instead for where the light falls...

I shall have a go at adding a bit more light, and evening the light out. Pretty well any editing software will allow you to make adjustments to light, and it's the first are of processing to master!

Modifications appear under the blue button below your upload, click on the numbers to view.

I hope we'll see more from you.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2019 5:24PM
I've uploaded a quick modification, which I think does make a difference. I lightened quite considerably, particularly on that column, and reduced contrast.

I also rotated slightly clockwise. Ideally the verticals nearest the centre of the frame needs to be true, and that's the windows in the apse. Alternatively you can play with angles in a place like this, for a more abstract composition.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4253 Canada
17 Mar 2019 6:28PM

Its a lovely example of this rich decorative style.

You have a lot of good advice already, so I will simply upload a modification, which is Mod 3.

Hope to see more from you travels,


pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2227 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2019 8:16PM
Welcome to EPZ and its Critique Gallery.

As you can obviously appreciate, church interiors are difficult photographic subjects. It's dark in there and there is usually bright light coming through the windows. This complete contrast is hard for any camera to cope with.

I have done a modification where I straightened both the vertical and horizontal lines, which resulted in a tight crop. I brightened the image, lifted the shadows, reduced the highlights, slightly increased the saturation, made a small Levels adjustment, and sharpened.
Of course, you donít have to straighten the lines if you donít want to. Or, you might want to straighten some, and not others.

Itís a good idea to use a tripod inside a church, but make sure there isnít a restriction on its use. A tripod lets you use longer exposures so that you donít have to increase the ISO, which means you get the best possible picture quality. You will notice that your high ISO has created a lot of noise/grain in your picture. A slow shutter speed is your best option for creating a decent image in this environment.

When using a tripod, also use your camera's self-timer in order to reduce shake.
As you may not be able to use a tripod, you'll either have to find something else to support your camera or be good at standing still for long periods of time if you want to use longer shutter speeds.

It is a fine balancing act when it comes to avoiding over and underexposure. You can see here how your windows are overexposed and the rest of the interior is underexposed.
What a lot of people do is use a tripod and take two pictures, one exposed for the windows and one for the interior, then merge them together in editing software.

HDR is another alternative, and this type of photography is ideal for it. The technique involves taking a few shots of the same scene at different exposures to capture the full contrast range, then merging the separate files together later in order to produce a single image with detail in both the shadows and highlights.
High dynamic range (HDR) processing is a technique achieved using software that takes the best tones from several exposures and combines them in one HDR image.


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