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#1 Miloe

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Posted 01 June 2004 - 10:50 AM

Ok
Fish school.
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Played with levels a bit in photoshop.
Any thoughts on improving it after the fact.

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Posted 01 June 2004 - 10:56 AM

If this was shot in RAW, I suggest bringing down the exposure by .25 to .5 stops. This will darken the overall shot but I think will result in a more pleasing blue water.

If shot in JPEG, then you can use curves to do the same. I would try to lower the highlights side of the curve.

The composition and strobe exposure is excellent. I might also consider "getting rid of" the rock on the lower right.

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Posted 01 June 2004 - 11:14 AM

If shot in JPEG, then you can use curves to do the same.  I would try to lower the highlights side of the curve.

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Which is the highlights side of the curve?

I shoot RAW but this may help me better understand how to best use curves. I will have to do a search to see but, maybe a discussion or article similiar to the RAW one on how curves works may be very useful.
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#4 Miloe

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Posted 01 June 2004 - 11:51 AM

I've been back and forth about the rock, can't make up my mind.

I'll give curves a try to bring down the highlights a bit, they are a bit blown out.

It's JPEG unfortunetly.

I've been avoiding shooting RAW just because I don't want to limit my number of shots per card.
Looks like I'm going to have to give up and either buy a bigger CF or just open the case between dives to change CF.

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Posted 01 June 2004 - 12:49 PM



If shot in JPEG, then you can use curves to do the same.  I would try to lower the highlights side of the curve.

HTH
James


Which is the highlights side of the curve?

I shoot RAW but this may help me better understand how to best use curves. I will have to do a search to see but, maybe a discussion or article similiar to the RAW one on how curves works may be very useful.


The right side. I agree with James. Try pulling down on the curve at around 3/4 of length of the diagonal line.
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Posted 01 June 2004 - 12:55 PM

That was my guess based on a histogram. Thanks, love the new program.
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Posted 01 June 2004 - 01:16 PM

Thanks Herb. I wish I could write an article about curves, but I just don't understand them that well. At the Digital Shootout Daniel and Julliane seemed to concentrate on using Levels instead, as you can get the same results using either control. I just like grabbing the curves I guess...:-)

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Posted 01 June 2004 - 01:37 PM

This is IMHO the best article on digital photograhy:

http://www.normankor...l_tonality.html

Curves, and why they are a good thing is covered near the end.
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Posted 02 July 2004 - 09:37 AM

Yep... I agree, curves is very handy and it's fun to pull on the line, lol.
And yes, those are Horse-eye Jacks ...great shot!