Old 11-05-2005, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default To dark - but wait!

It is a snow shot... What can I do to make it lighter?!


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Old 11-05-2005, 10:50 PM   #2
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I've never seen a day (assuming it was daylight) with a full snow pack on the ground where it was that dark, even in heavy overcast, which leads me to believe that the photo is underexposed. Perhaps you were shooting in TV or AV mode and the camera partially metered off the much brighter headlights, I don't know... but the shot definitely looks underexposed to me.
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Old 11-05-2005, 11:52 PM   #3
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It's simple just lighten it in photoshop or whatevr editing program you use. The great thing about snow shots is that they hardly get "grainy" no matter how much lightening or sharpening you do. The other great thing about snow shots is that its gonna be cloudy when it IS snowing so that gets you around the cloudy/common reject, but like Chris said it's a good idea to use the meter and to shoot the photo a step overexposed. (its easier to darken a picture then it is to lighten one.)

For these I just lightened it not worrying about how grey it looks cause heck its cloudy and grey anyways. I lighten the pic until I can see detail in the trucks:

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Old 11-06-2005, 12:23 AM   #4
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Chris, this is a comon problem. It is caused by the way camera exposure meters work. They don't know what they are pointed at so they expose everything the same way, as if it was grey. You can fix it in photoshop by setting the white point. If you are using a point and shoot with a snow setting, use that. If your camera can spot meter, meter the brightest snow and set your exposure to about + 1.75 EV. (This is what I do)
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:48 AM   #5
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Like this... just did autolevels and exposure adjustments. Cropped off the dead space to the left-some would crop the pole out but the train would have no breathing room then.

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