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This is a cropped version of the first upload I ever made on here.
These are modifications uploaded by other members of the photo above. Download the photo by right clicking Download Photo and clicking Save As.
This is beautiful, the blossom is so pretty! The image looks a lot neater now, without the green in the corner - the eye can stay and look at the wonderful details you've managed to capture!
Thanks a million, Karen!
Very pretty. Although it does look a touch under exposed on my screen.
Looks lovely - I like the complimentary background too
Lovely shot and a little under exposed on my sceen also
but well done
I love the modification, Frank! Thank you! Now I do see the underexposure...
Thanks, everyone else!
This does look a little underexposed but the problem with simply increasing the exposure or brightening it to rectify it is that the blossoms blend in with the sky behind them.
Checking the levels, this doesn't appear to actually be particularly underexposed. What I think has happened is that the camera has been unable to expose correctly for both the blooms and the (brighter) sky, so it's compromised on both.
I reckon the answer here would have been to use flash to fill in.
jestertheclown- I think you are right - a tiny bit of fill in flash was needed, as the exposure lift is ok, but still not quite right. How about a tiny bit of dodging on the blooms as it's too late to add flash?
Quote: How about a tiny bit of dodging on the blooms as it's too late to add flash?
Yep! That would work if you were careful.
Anoother way would be to select just the flowers and lift them a bit using the shadows/highlights tool. Don't use it on the whole image though as you'll get the same problem as just using levels or brightness.
Easier still, if it's possible, would be to take the shot again.
Yes, you needed flash fill here, and many compacts are quite good at this on auto. Try one with and one without - that is what the LCD is really for - an immediate check! You could improve this with the dodge tool, just to brighten the flowers but be careful not to overdo, or the image goes flat as you kill the contrast.
Would raising the exposure compensation work just as well?
And I don't know how to use the dodge tool yet, but I'll play around with it.
Quote: Would raising the exposure compensation work just as well?
No. Increasing the exopsure compensation will increase the exposure over the whole image, brightening everything. That's effectively what Frank's done in his mod by adjusting the levels.
What's needed here is to lighten only the flowers, leaving the rest as it is., hence using a flash which would light up the flowers but not the backgrond.
I've uploaded a (very quick) mod. in which I used the lasso to select the flowers. I brightened them using curves (just a straightforward lift of the RGB curve), then inverted my selection (to select the rest of the image, leaving the flowers untouched) and de-saturated it all slightly.
The overall effect is that te flowers have become highlighted and the background more subdued.
You'll see a sharp edge where I made my selection. That's because it was done very quickly just using a single layer. In real life, I'd have made the selection and alterations using more layers and a layer mask which would eliminate the "edge" but hopefully, you'll get the general idea.
Hope this helps.
There are many ways to do things in software. Some easy, some complicated. In order to process the average image and make it better, master just a few very uncomplicated processes first.
The histogram, to correct exposure and contrast. Sharpening tools and dodging and burning in tools. That will do most of the common jobs. Curves, brightness adjustment and other simple tools help. Steer clear of auto correction functions - they rarely get it right.
There are many other things to learn, but I believe any newcomer should master the basics first and feel comfortable with them before moving on.
Thank you, Bren, I love the modifcation! It looks great!
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