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    Default Another newbie photo

    This is a picture just outside of the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas.
    What can I do to get the words on the canopies to come out clearly? Did I have the aperture too large? Is it overexpose?
    Thank you.


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    use shorter exposure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hungt23 View Post
    This is a picture just outside of the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas.
    What can I do to get the words on the canopies to come out clearly? Did I have the aperture too large? Is it overexpose?
    Thank you.

    Looks washed out and not much details are there to work with. i.e. over-exposed.

    The next time you could take two shots under almost the same conditions i.e. zoom and position (One for the canopies, and the other for the foreground) and blend them using layer masks in Photoshop.

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    The spotlight against the sculptures, canopies and buildings lighting have too many stops (> 5) different to the environment and that is why the wordings were overexposed. Try to take the shot during the golden hour which is the sky is about to get dark ( dark blue ) , set camera settings with small aperture and long exposure.
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    Thanks for the comments. This photo was taken around 12AM. I was too busy gambling during the golden hours.
    I'll try this again on the next trip. Hopefully soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hungt23 View Post
    Thanks for the comments. This photo was taken around 12AM. I was too busy gambling during the golden hours.
    I'll try this again on the next trip. Hopefully soon.
    Next time you should shoot during the "golden hours", then go gambling
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    Quote Originally Posted by hungt23 View Post
    Thanks for the comments. This photo was taken around 12AM. I was too busy gambling during the golden hours.
    I'll try this again on the next trip. Hopefully soon.
    Shoot during the golden hours, then go back to gamble, then come out and shoot night scenes, then go back to gamble again........now hoping you win, can go out and upgrade your camera gear and go out shooting again!!!

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    use a multiple exposure and make a HDR image if you have the time and program for it

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    I think it might be your camera's limitation.

    It's possible that your camera has limited dynamic range. This means that if the target is too bright for the sensor to see, it will wash out that part of the image. Sort've like looking at something bright - you see just white and nothing else.

    You can use a faster shutter speed, but really it won't help much because it will cause the other properly exposed elements to underexpose.

    I think using graduated neutral-density filters might help because they only reduce light of a certain portion of the picture, unlike neutral-density filters which affect all elements in the picture.

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    looks pale and blur. handphone pic? overexposed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Werty View Post
    looks pale and blur. handphone pic? overexposed
    It was taken with a Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT as seen from the EXIF data of the pic.


    [Image]
    Make = Canon
    Model = Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    Date Time = 2007-06-29 03:36:26
    YCbCr Positioning = co-sited
    Exif IFD Pointer = Offset: 128

    [Camera]
    Exposure Time = 10"
    F Number = F11
    Exposure Program = Manual
    ISO Speed Ratings = 100
    Exif Version = Version 2.21
    Date Time Original = 2007-06-29 03:36:26
    Date Time Digitized = 2007-06-29 03:36:26
    Components Configuration = YCbcr
    Shutter Speed Value = -3.32 TV
    Aperture Value = 6.92 AV
    Exposure Bias Value = 0EV
    Metering Mode = Partial
    Flash = Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
    Focal Length = 40mm
    Maker Note = 8340 Byte
    User Comment =
    Flashpix Version = Version 1.0
    Color Space = sRGB
    Exif Image Width = 3456
    Exif Image Height = 2304
    Focal Plane X Resolution = 3954.233
    Focal Plane Y Resolution = 3958.763
    Focal Plane Resolution Unit = inch
    Custom Rendered = Normal process
    Exposure Mode = Manual exposure
    White Balance = Auto white balance
    Scene Capture Type = Normal

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysum View Post
    I think it might be your camera's limitation.

    It's possible that your camera has limited dynamic range. This means that if the target is too bright for the sensor to see, it will wash out that part of the image. Sort've like looking at something bright - you see just white and nothing else.

    You can use a faster shutter speed, but really it won't help much because it will cause the other properly exposed elements to underexpose.

    I think using graduated neutral-density filters might help because they only reduce light of a certain portion of the picture, unlike neutral-density filters which affect all elements in the picture.
    i think all digital cameras have limited dynamic range... HDR is the way to increase the range so that the brightest and darkest areas can be exposed correctly.

    gnd filter is useful for taking sunset where there are only 2 well define portions (the sky and the land) separated by the horizon. dun think it is useful for situation the TS is facing

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzy View Post
    i think all digital cameras have limited dynamic range... HDR is the way to increase the range so that the brightest and darkest areas can be exposed correctly.

    gnd filter is useful for taking sunset where there are only 2 well define portions (the sky and the land) separated by the horizon. dun think it is useful for situation the TS is facing
    Oooh okay. I was looking at Practical Photography the other day about ND grads, so I thought it might work.

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