December 28, 2020 at 12:12 pm #56357
I think it’s so fun, seeing everybody’s different editing styles! 🙂December 28, 2020 at 2:28 pm #56366Ezra MorleyModerator
@buddingphotographer thanks for the tips:) I’ll have to experiment with different settings on my camera so that photos aren’t underexposed… I’m still learning, so everything is trial and error for me!
You’re very welcome!
The likely reason that the photo was underexposed is that your camera was pointed straight into a brilliant light source. The light meter reacted violently, and shoved the exposure down to compensate. 🙂 As @jamesstaddon mentioned, this was actually not a bad thing, because the highlights were preserved! It’s much easier to recover detail from shadows than from highlights.
@joshua_ong, I really like your edit. It’s very similar to mine, but the color balance seems a little more “natural” on yours. (Of course, since I didn’t see the scene myself, it’s hard to know exactly what “natural” is. 🙂December 30, 2020 at 12:50 pm #56523December 30, 2020 at 6:57 pm #56579
@buddingphotographer that’s true… My mom took a photo the last time that we were at the beach (it was with her iPhone) with the sun was towards the right of the photo and it made the picture look a lot more realistic…of course, an iPhone camera is NOT the same as a DSLR, but your comment made me remember the way the sun was positioned and decide that I’ll try that next time with my camera, and see if it makes the any photo better. Also, your photo edit and @joshua_ong’s photo edit were both very close to the actual sunrise 🙂
@jamesstaddon thanks for that link to the video. I did a quick edit and tried to replicate your photo and this is how it turned out. I feel like it’s kinda similar aside from the fact that my corners are a tad darker than yours. I tried lightning them up a bit, but it wasn’t exactly working. unfortunately. Anyway, here it is 🙂January 4, 2021 at 12:43 pm #56789January 4, 2021 at 3:48 pm #56792January 7, 2021 at 5:12 pm #56866Lydia BennettParticipant
It’s been fun tracking along with this conversation here! Pretty sunrise at a pretty spot! And it’s been neat seeing the different ways different folks edited it!
…the sun was towards the right of the photo and it made the picture look a lot more realistic…your comment made me remember the way the sun was positioned and decide that I’ll try that next time with my camera, and see if it makes the any photo better.
Was just curious to know….do you shoot in Manual? It’s a learning process, but if you get to know Manual Mode (or even the semi-manual modes), you could still compose the picture however you artistically you want with the sun positioned anywhere in the photo AND expose it however bright you want it to be rather than whatever the camera determines to be the correct exposure! 🙂January 7, 2021 at 5:32 pm #56868
@bennett-family yes it has 🙂
I’ve tried to shoot in manual several times, but most of the photos never turn out super great because I don’t know the ‘system’ (for-lack-of-a-better- word) super well. Sometimes I just go outside and randomly take pictures of random things to experiment, and I have learned things a lot of things by doing that- but for the most part, I shoot in aperture priority mode 🙂 But I do want to learn manual mode better, because I do think that it will come in handy someday!January 7, 2021 at 6:37 pm #56870Ezra MorleyModerator
I’ve tried to shoot in manual several times, but most of the photos never turn out super great because I don’t know the ‘system’
Have you investigated why they don’t turn out well? That’s how you learn! 🙂 Next time a manual exposure doesn’t work well, switch to one of the “auto” modes and take a picture, and then compare the settings between the two; that should enlighten you a little bit.
If you can get the “exposure triangle” down, you’ll be well on your way to navigating manual comfortably. If you are interested in learning more, I have a homework assignment to suggest for you. 🙂 Read this thread, then take your camera out and experiment a little to get some hands-on experience with what we’re talking about here.
If you really want to go in-depth, the Foundations of Photography course will teach all this stuff with illustrations and stuff. 🙂
Feel free to start a new thread if you have specific questions about Manual mode, and I’m sure some of the photographers around here will be happy to help you out!January 13, 2021 at 3:01 pm #57047Lydia BennettParticipant
Yes, @alightforhim, don’t give up experimenting with it! Ezra gave some great tips there.
I had just wanted to put it out there, that you don’t necessarily have to adjust your composition in order to get the picture to be properly exposed. Keep up the good work! 🙂January 13, 2021 at 3:29 pm #57048
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