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Professional How do you handle high contrast areas pictures?

Discussion in 'Phantom 3 Help' started by lalvar40, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. lalvar40

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    Team,
    When you have a scene that has 2 high differentiated contrast areas. How do you set your camera and/or video settings in P3P? In the attached picture, since the clouds are bright , then, the house is dark. I know I can fix a little bit with GIMP or PS, but I want a better source file to work with. I'll appreciate your comments. DJI_0076.JPG
     
  2. Meta4

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    If you just take the one image, in the camera you have to decide which to expose for - the highlights or shadows
    In Photoshop there are a couple of tweaks you can try.
    You can play with curves and shadows/highlights
    or ...
    You can shoot 5 frames using AEB bracketing to get two over and two underexposed images + the normally exposed one.
    Combine these in your HDR program to get the best of shadow detail and highlights.

    Here's a shot done that way. I had a real problem with detail in the white wash and the water looked black.
    With a single shot it was just a burnt out white mess but by taking 5 of each frame and combining them, I could preserve detail in the shadows and highlights.
    Because this shot is a 12 image panorama, I had to combine 60 individual images but the result was worth it.
    [​IMG]

    To properly see the detail you can see it full screen here: Sea - Above & Beyond Photography
     
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    Great work!
     
  4. lalvar40

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    Sure...great work...sent you one file...don't know if it will go thru the mail. Pls, let me know.