Personal blog of Basil Mohamed Gohar – tech, faith, & life
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Alhamdulillaah, I was able to take some pictures on the beach near our home here in Kuala Terengganu (KT).
Kuala Terengganu "Island"
I would recommend shooting on a set exposure level. This way your sky comes out one color and then you can process the sky and ground separately. This way you can have a ground and sky that stand out amazingly.
I’ll give you some examples:
Here the waterfall, and the trees. I did them seperately and was able to bring about adequate lighting and contrast levels on both. http://picasaweb.google.com/scatteredflame/RamapoHiking?authkey=1j9L4ivZRjY#5241944097736752642
Again, the ground and sky are two separate layers processed individually giving it more life. http://picasaweb.google.com/scatteredflame/RamapoHiking?authkey=1j9L4ivZRjY#5241940953990321426
This was great. The originally was very bright but after some cleanup:
Maa shaaʾ Allaah! I see what you mean. I haven’t given a lot of time to modifying my pictures after taking them for the most part, yet, but with the results you’ve demonstrated, I think I need to start. Have you read-up on any techniques for doing so? Or maybe you’ve just gone by trial-and-error?
One of my reasons for hesitating is that I want to ensure that my pictures are true-to-life as opposed to “artistic”. However, the pictures above are definitely more realistic had I left the exposure at one level. If I took it over again, I would be more mindful of such things, in shaaʾ Allaah. CHDK makes this easier to do with my PowerShot, but a D-SLR would make it a piece of cake, in shaaʾ Allaah.
Jazaak Allaahu khayran for the tips! Please do keep them coming.
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