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Spice of Life

By fionad
Spice Souk In Dubai UAE

Tags: Landscape and travel

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11 Aug 2009 6:51PM
it is a very difficult situation for any kind of photography. the highlighted part in this image has lost detail. always try to consult in camera histogram (if you can read) at the time of capturing the image. you can see there is a lot of data at the left side wall of the histogram. it is not at all good. always capture raw image if possible and ensure slightly overexposure for digital photography as the sensor apply liner concept and correct it at post processing, it can reduce noise as well as it can give you more tonal range. but avoid clipping in either side of the wall of the histogram and ensure that the spreading does not result in posterization.

as the title and description of the image suggests you have tried to show various spices in this image and i think you could have easily done this from taking the image from a different angle avoiding the harsh sunlight at the wall.

Hope it helps,
somnath

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fionad 6 3
11 Aug 2009 6:56PM
thank you so much helps a lot

Fiona
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11 Aug 2009 9:37PM
hello and welcome to epz, i saw your request to be gentle with the critique,--- as if we would be unkind Smile

quite a nice shot, interesting subject and textbook travel shot. often seen in variations in brochures etc. usually taken in Morroco.

the composition is fine and overall the exposure is pretty good but the only real problem is the area of high contrast lighting on the back wall. its unfortunate but our eyes can resolve far more variation from light to dark than any camera sensor and so something has to give. its either the shadows go very dark and the bright bit is exposed properly or the reverse where the bright area burns out and the shadows are recorded well. when its this bright the best way of dealing with this extreme is to move around to keep the tones a bit more balanced. if you had the luxury of a dslr and a programme called photomatix you could resort to a method of post exposure blending called HDR but as you tell me you are a rew recruit to this demanding hobby we will not go there yet.

you obviously have a pretty good eye and i look forward to seeing more uploads. and if you want to know anything please dont hesitate to ask. if there is anything in particular you can put it in the box below your picture or even down here in the comments.
all the best
Phil
fionad 6 3
11 Aug 2009 10:12PM
Thanks for the help it is actually for my own tour company brochure!!!
Cant afford a proper photographer ha ha. To be honest I wanted the sun shining on the spices but didnt get it right, how would I do that or is it just changing position?
Fiona
fionad 6 3
11 Aug 2009 10:17PM

Quote:It is a very difficult situation for any kind of photography. the highlighted part in this image has lost detail. always try to consult in camera histogram(if you can read) at the time of capturing the image. you can see there is a lot of data at the left side wall of the histogram. it is not at all good. always capture raw image if possible and ensure slightly overexposure for digital photography as the sensor apply liner concept and correct it at post processing, it can reduce noise as well as it can give you more tonal range. but avoid clipping in either side of the wall of the histogram and ensure that the spreading does not result in posterization.

as the title and description of the image suggests you have tried to show various spices in this image and i think you could have easily done this from taking the image from a different angle avoiding the harsh sunlight at the wall.

Hope it helps,
somnath

NEWMANP Plus
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2009 10:38PM
i have some spice pictures from Morrocco if they are any use to you Wink
its all down to moving around and getting the light to work for you im afraid.
Phil

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