Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Sand and snow, same exposure problem




In a backlit beach image like the one beside the camera sees all the light tones of the sky and the sand and underexposes the whole image. By reading from a grey card like the reference8, you can always be sure of the exposure and bring back great souvenir images, without spending too much time setting the image and even greater, spending zero time correcting the image in Photoshop.

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The ColorBalanceCoach, performs in extreme conditions


In a snow storm there is a natural tendency to set everything on auto and rely on the work of the camera, As you can see in the first image the density and Color balance of the image is off. The image is too dark and reddish due to the cloudy conditions and the grey tone is just normal according to your camera meter. The built in meeter tries to put everything 18% GREY.
By using the ColorBalanceCoach disc as a target you can perform a densiry reading on the gry and also a custon color balance on the same grey material and then confirm your setting by looking at the histogram as you can learm on the site.
The same principle would apply on sand or beach.

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