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Discussion in 'Phantom 3 Help' started by joseph296, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. joseph296

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    Yesterday was my first day out taking a ton of pics and videos now when I got home I took my sd card out put it in my computer and all I was able to see were my videos all my pics were just "!" Any ideas?
     
  2. John Bancroft

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    Did you take pics in Raw mode? how big are the files ?
     
  3. rockydog

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    Definitely you are shooting raw format...you need a program that will open Adobe DNG files.
     
  4. joseph296

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    Yes raw mode... I guess I should be in a different format? Sorry I'm new to this
     
  5. joseph296

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    And I'm useing a Mac
     
  6. Sprague

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    For now shoot in JPEG. Raw is a more advanced format and if you have something along the lines of Light room, Photoshop, Aperture, you can then open your Raw shot. Hope this helps!
     
  7. joseph296

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    Awesome man thank you I just switched it
     
  8. jephoto

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    Save the files- if you think you'll want this photos. They are all there, just waiting for the software you get that can read them....
    The jpg quality- if you have a near perfect exposure and color balance is really good.
    But- if you have to adjust them- make them brighter, change contrast to open shadows, adjust the color, it will degrade the image as you change and Re-save them as a jpg.
    With a raw file it doesnt change the image at all when you adjust- it just changes the instructions in the file to your software on how the image should look when you Export it out to a JPG. No image degradation. And you can go back & Change the settings & export it out as often as you want without hurting the original file.

    The Raw format-dng- has about 4 times the data to work with, can changes the White Balance completely after the fact, and has a huge amount of Dynamic range (detail from Highlights to Shadow) compared to a JPG.
    Also in JPGs if your highlights are blown or even near blown- they are just gone the Raw file can bring back a lot of detail if there is any there at all.

    Still with all that it's best to get the most accurate exposure you can when shooting.
    I always use the 3 frame Auto bracket, And shoot raw for this reason they even if the meter is fooled by aight or dark scene, or if I misjudge the exposure due to how I see it on screen, usually one of those frames will be much closer to "Correct"

    Shoot some tests and Experiment with the exposure settings & bring them into the computer & see if you are frequently under exposed, then adjust your exposure when shooting for brighter- or bring your Phone or tablet brightness down so you don't misjudge the brightness.
    If they are more offer too bright-- then go the other way- or turn UP the brightness on screen so you see a closer idea of the "Correct" exposure.

    I find on my iPad Mini that if my screen brightness is up all the way- which we often do outdoors- I tend to Underexpose my shots because they look too bright. Turn the brightness down to 50-60% and I judge them correctly.
    Use a hood on the screen to try to use shade of a tree or your car to make it easier to see if possible.
     
    #8 jephoto, Aug 1, 2015
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