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By koka  
Taken in The Cathedral Amalfi Italy

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2013 1:55PM
Light was obviously an issue here. Could you add your Exif data - camera settings - please, by clicking on the Options button below your picture, then on Edit photo , then at Edit photo information click on the Exif tab. Complete the boxes, then click on Save.
I'm sure you know where to find that information but for reference, open the picture on your hard drive, right click on it, click on Properties, and then Details.
The site isn't picking this up, the method that you used to save the file for uploading probably stripped the data.
It's difficult to say much without the information.

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koka 9 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2013 3:51PM
koka 9 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2013 3:53PM
Thank you Moira. I am getting used to the site after a long break. I will follow your advice. would you be able to tell me why the voting has been disabled on this image? Kay
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2013 4:57PM
You have uploaded into the Critique Gallery - you will have ticked the box asking for critique. That automatically disables votes and awards, I'm afraid.
It's good to see you around again, by the way.
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2013 5:36PM
You have a logo on this that suggests a professional approach? You are a long way over exposed and I suspect an auto exposure mode with no compensation. There is no EXIF. You really should have seen this on your LCD and needed between one and two full stops less exposure.

koka 9 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2013 10:52PM
Wow. Thank you Paul. I wish I understood all this. I have a lot to learn Kay
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2013 7:40AM
Hi again, there's still no Exif and without the camera settings it really is difficult to give advice.
As Paul says the light areas are overexposed. Your camera has an exposure compensation button, one of two buttons behind the shutter release, under your trigger finger - it's marked +/-. You can use it to reduce or increase the exposure, a minus factor here would have helped.
You have shown this as shot in RAW - are you using the processing possibilities to the full? I would hope that reducing the Exposure, and using the Recover slider, would bring back some detail in the blown areas. Then there are the light adjustments - darken highlights, Levels...
The image also looks less than pin-sharp to me. I am assuming hand-held, for a rather longer exposure than was safe! Using that lens, the standard wisdom is that at the widest angle, 18mm, you should aim for nothing slower than 1/30 second, fully extended to 70mm try to use nothing slower than 1/125, 1/100 if you have very steady hands! It's the nearest shutter speed to the reciprocal of the focal length x 1.5. (Don't switch off, it's not as bad as it sounds: take 18mm - 18 x 1.5 = 27; reciprocal - 1/27. Nearest shutter speed available on your camera - 1/30. Basically, the longer the lens, the faster the shutter speed that you need, in order to have a hope of holding it steady!)
Hope that helps.
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2013 9:31AM
You must be very careful with RAW. You will be told to use RAW here and it does give the best results IF used correctly. If you use the RAW processung software wrongly, you can ruin the result. To learn, shoot the same subject in RAW and best Jpg. Your camera should have a setting to do this.

Shoot something straight forward first. A well lit scene. The JPG will not be far off. Now process the RAW file and try and better the JPG. It should be possible. RAW is best but requires time and skill. Part of the learning curve.

Master your camera first and learn about focus and exposure. Try and never over expose. Under exposure can often be corrected, over is much more difficult. I havemy cameras set to minus 1/3 stop compensationmuch of the time as an insurance.

koka 9 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2013 9:44AM
Thank you for your advice. I will study it and experiment. Watch this space Kay Grin
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2013 2:41PM
Minus 1/3 is pretty well default setting on my camera too, I much prefer to work on slightly under-exposed files.

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