MuddyEdg

[PHOTOGRAPHY/NOOB] My parents are dark

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Right, so I have this cute little camera and combined with my zone knowledge of taking a good picture this happened : 

I took a picture of my parents by Tower Bridge ( London Bridge ) but they came out kinda of dark while everything in background is nice. 

Link to 3 of the pictures I took : http://imgur.com/a/1uAn8

 

I tried to play around with the settings but I just couldn't take the right shot. Is there any way to fix this in Photoshop and also, any suggestion for future amateur photo sessions ? 

 

Thank you.

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8 minutes ago, MuddyEdg said:

Right, so I have this cute little camera and combined with my zone knowledge of taking a good picture this happened : 

I took a picture of my parents by Tower Bridge ( London Bridge ) but they came out kinda of dark while everything in background is nice. 

Link to 3 of the pictures I took : http://imgur.com/a/1uAn8

 

I tried to play around with the settings but I just couldn't take the right shot. Is there any way to fix this in Photoshop and also, any suggestion for future amateur photo sessions ? 

 

Thank you.

 

Your camera has exposed for the highlights the shadows are about 2 or 3 stops under, you need to force it to over expose or force it to use flash(called fill flash sometimes), the flash should then light up the shadows.

what is make/model of camera ?

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My photography knowledge is slim. I know what i mean but dont know the tech terms.

 

Camera based light for image off background making foreground subjects too dark. 

 

edit : Also if possible - Shoot RAW. 

 

edit 2 : http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/cheetsheets-for-photographers/ <- Look at the pretty infographics

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2 minutes ago, MoJo said:

 

Your camera has exposed for the highlights the shadows are about 2 or 3 stops under, you need to force it to over expose or force it to use flash(called fill flash sometimes), the flash should then light up the shadows.

what is make/model of camera ?

Canon PowerShot SX530HS ( Is a cheap camera ) - Will keep in mind ( I tried to use flash a few times. then the problem was that my parents ware white xDxD )

3 minutes ago, Penguin said:

My photography knowledge is slim. I know what i mean but dont know the tech terms.

 

Camera based light for image off background making foreground subjects too dark. 

I'll check that too ( I'll google it - see if has such thing ) 

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Was looking for if it was possible to set evaluation mode, but couldn't find it. If it was possible you could set it to centered evaluation otherwise.

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You can check out p74-76 for Tv, Av and M (Time value, Aperture value and Manual) settings.

(It's actually the only modes I use with my DSLR. Maybe P if I've got the external flash on.)

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Before : 

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After : 

 

NJUJpTP.jpg

 

Is it the best ? No, but you can actually see my parents faces so for me it's a win  :P

 

Also, thanks for the inputs, I will make sure to look at all of them, improve my photography skills :D More are welcome. 

 

@MoJo I check the histogram, but to be honest I'm not sure what to do with it. ( If i'm not wrong shows how the light works ? It is split ? ) 

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23 minutes ago, MuddyEdg said:

Is it the best ? No, but you can actually see my parents faces so for me it's a win  :P

It's good! Now they're completely visible and The Tower bridge isn't overexposed. can't really see that something is done to it either, which is good. ;)

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21 minutes ago, Devajufan said:

It's good! Now they're completely visible and The Tower bridge isn't overexposed. can't really see that something is done to it either, which is good. ;)

Thanks you :)

It was actually easy. Here s how I did it.

In Photoshop, I open the Adjustments tab and choose Brightness/Contrast. 

Set Brightness to 150% and then I clicked on Masks, where, in the Refine section I clicked on Color Range and I choose what was suitable for me.

Pictures of the steps I took : http://imgur.com/a/lgu3y

 

10 minutes ago, El Zartan said:

Nice, now I can borrow that picture and tell people I went to London recently.

As of this moment, they are copyrighted. Sorry xDxDxD

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10 minutes ago, MuddyEdg said:

In Photoshop, I open the Adjustments tab and choose Brightness/Contrast. 

Set Brightness to 150% and then I clicked on Masks, where, in the Refine section I clicked on Color Range and I choose what was suitable for me.

Pictures of the steps I took : http://imgur.com/a/lgu3y

Color range is a very useful tool. You can use it with other marquee tools like magic wand and whatever by using [shift] and [alt] to add or subtract from your selection. Then there are all the shortcuts with [ctrl] key A all, D deselect, Z undo, X cut, C copy, V paste and much more. :)

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zUQ5UWw.jpg

 

Singled out the parents in separate layer- Faffed around with the highlights/shadows - Increased saturation a little too because looked a little black and white

Singled out the sky - increased Cyan saturation to make it a little bluer

Combined the sky and background(not parents  - they stayed in own layer) and Dup'd the layer and ran a high pass (Other>High pass) set that layer to overlay to bring out the background a little more

Hope that made some sense

 

Im awful at editing - but enjoy giving it a try

 

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2 minutes ago, Penguin said:

You didnt say anything about them going to the MOON!?!?!?

OA0AjW1.jpg

 

xDxDxDxDxD

 

Having fun yet ? xDxD

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Just now, MuddyEdg said:

 Thank you. I will check everything. ( That fill flash is really nice )

 

 

Just practice with it with different settings, I use wife's cuddly toy tiger for testing flash/exposure.

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