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Walk in the park

By kathrynlouise    
Got the man out and about just before the heavens opened and thunder started Tongue
How do i stop the sky looking burnt out? With the camera being a bridge camera can't use filters etc.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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3 Nov 2011 3:36PM
hi there Kathryn i'm just very much an amiture but try an F stop around may f14/f15 and exposuire comentsation of maybe -67 have a look at my last two uploads may give you some ideas good luck great colours in this one keep it up


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3 Nov 2011 3:59PM
Hi Graham. Thanks for the comments. I usually shy away from scenery but wanted to get one before all the leaves fall. Its a beautiful time of year.

CathR 10 151 564 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2011 4:59PM
Hi Kathryn

If you can't capture a scene with one exposure and you can't use filters the way to go is to take two shots, one exposed for the highlights and the other for the midtones and then combine them afterwards at the processing stage. There are various ways of doing the combining including stacking the two shots on top of each other and using a layer mask to erase what you don't want. You have to be careful where the two shots join and experiment by lowering the opacity of your brush. Using layer mask is non destructive though so you can always re-do any mistakes.

Best wishes

3 Nov 2011 5:05PM
Hiya Catherine. Completely lost me there Tongue
Any websites you suggest?

Jestertheclown 8 7.6k 252 England
3 Nov 2011 9:29PM
Hi Kathryn,
Good advice from Catherine but you're approaching Photoshop territory there.
I think that you might be able to do it using Pixlr which is a freebie, probably the most powerful of all the freebies in fact but you'll also need to find a tutorial to talk you through the process.
You'll almost certainly find one on here, or if you can't, shout in the forums. Someone will come to your rescue.
It will seem like quite a lot to learn just to avoid a blown out sky but once you've mastered it, you'll be able to use it for a fair few other things as well.
The other alternative, which won't be as easy with this image because of all the "loose" leaves, would be to replace the sky with one from your collection of spare ones (you do have a collection of spare skies don't you?!)

Hope this helps.


Edit; I've just had a go at this using "Picasa", another freebie that's worth adding to your arsenal and I've come up with the mod. above.
I've used the auto-colour adjustment, increased the contrast by a tiny amount and, most impotrantly, added a blue graduated filter.
If you don't have it already, instal Picasa, it's free from Google and see what you think. It's nowhere near being in the same league as Photoshop but it's quite capable of some fairly basic fixes.
3 Nov 2011 9:41PM
Lol Bren. A collection of spare skies!!!! Umm no. Like the mod, thankyou.
Have installed picasa today, just need to sit and have a play Grin

Jestertheclown 8 7.6k 252 England
3 Nov 2011 9:50PM

Quote:A collection of spare skies!!!!

I actually do have a collection of spare skies. I photograph the sky whenever I see a potentially useful one. I've got everything from overpowering storm clouds to spring-time blue, with or without wispy clouds!

That aside, Picasa's a good place to start when you're learning software. It must be one of the first programmes that any of us practised on. I certainly cut my editing teeth on it.
5 Nov 2011 2:52AM
Hi Kathryn
What i would have done was set your camera on a tripod. Choose bracketing in the setup menu, which takes a series of between 3-5 shot one exposed correctly 1+ and 1- exposed, again depending on your camera you can choose the increments. Then using a HDR software like photomatix you could merge all three photos. This shot would have been perfect for that. It already is a cracking shot. If you can go out and try it again.

5 Nov 2011 7:04AM
Thanks guys. Will try again if i can Smile
mikesavage 15 299 2 England
12 Nov 2011 10:32PM
You say that you can't use filters with the Fuji S5700, but in fact you can. I've got a UV filter on the front of my S5700, screw-in, 46mm in diameter.

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