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Laugavegur trail

By litesport
I wanted my wife to stand out more and not be so dark. But if I lighten her up then I feel I lose some of the colours etc in the shot. What settings should I have used for this shot? Please see the exif data.

Tags: Iceland Trekking Landscape and travel



prabhusinha 15 5 5 India
18 Jul 2018 12:50PM
A great image
debu 13 India
18 Jul 2018 1:23PM
Great capture.
18 Jul 2018 1:31PM
Excellent image!
Robert51 14 12 142 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2018 2:21PM
Fairly simple this one Brendan. Make a selection of your wife. Then use a curves layer to bring the brightness up to the required level.

I used this and then brought out more of all those wonderful colours.
litesport 5 3 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2018 2:32PM
@Robert51, Thank you. That is exactly what I was after.
Robert51 14 12 142 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2018 3:00PM
Thought you may have wanted this one done...
banehawi Plus
19 2.9k 4354 Canada
18 Jul 2018 3:48PM
The issue started when you took the shot, and for some reason, used a -2/3 exposure correction. This heavily underexposes the whole scene; this, combied with the fact you wife is wearing dartk gera, and is so very small in the vast scene, all work against you.

In 99.99999% of all cases, you ad POSITIVE exposure compensation, not negative; is left with not compensation, as the camera sees it, it will underexpose all on its own, so you dont need to make it worse, you need to stop if from being underexposed.

Mod1 is exposed an addition 1.25 stops; so that your -0.66 cancelled and another +0.6 on top. Its looks better overall, though she is still quite dark and insignificant, due to the fact shes in shadow and shes very small in the scene.

The next two mods use cropping, and increasing shadow detail on your wife to get a shot where she is clearly visible.

So you know now how to avoid it in the first place, and also correct it in post processing.


mrswoolybill Plus
16 4.1k 2606 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2018 4:15PM
I wonder if the minus exposure compensation was left over from a previous shoot? (Always zero the setting after it has been used!) It's the culprit here, but as Willie has shown there is a very good shot hiding away waiting to be retrieved.
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2018 4:39PM
Willie covers all. You are very under exposed in the first place. You must get exposure right.

dudler Plus
19 2.0k 2018 England
18 Jul 2018 5:31PM
I don't have anything to add, Brendan. The exposure is simile to sort, and problems are simple to avoid in taking. It's always worth checking on the screen, and using the histogram view to make sure exposure isn't badly skewed.

Spectacular landscape.
litesport 5 3 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2018 6:04PM
Thank you everyone for your comments, greatly appreciated.
The exposure was set for a previous picture for an almost white scene with lots of snow and glare if I remember correctly.
banehawi Plus
19 2.9k 4354 Canada
18 Jul 2018 6:39PM
Thats exactly the scene, lots of snow, where +1 is needed, not -2/3! Thats how people get blue snow!
litesport 5 3 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2018 6:44PM
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 2018 England
18 Jul 2018 8:00PM
The camera will always try to make a scene mid-grey. So with a bright scene, you need positive compensation to make it look light: and negative compensation with a dark scene to keep it dark.

And always check afterwards - sometimes, things go weirdly.

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