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    Default Need a bit of advice about filters

    Hi everyone, this is my first post ever here, and I'm hoping for some advise about filters?

    Should I get those filters that darken the images or just do that with software?

    Cos recently I got myself an E-pl1 and a manual focus lens, but then some the day was very sunny and the small aperture + fast shutter still seem to make the photo abit too bright :s


    Cheers,
    Poh

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    Well... If you're using having over exposure with small aperture + fast shutter, then maybe you can lower your iso setting? If you're still facing over exposure then yes you can probably get a ND filter which will decrease the amount light into your lens?

    *if I'm wrong in any way, do correct me.

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    I'm usually shooting around 125 or 160 iso nowadays, but it was still too bright. I never noticed but it can get really bright in sg :s

    But if I were to get the filter, is there a easy way to gauge how much, erm darker(?) is needed? I mean, out of curiosity do people usually get a whole range of the filters or do they like estimate and just pick a few to get?

    thanks for the help

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    Okay... When you use iso100~200, what's the shutter speed and aperture you used?

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    Default Re: Need a bit of advice about filters

    Quote Originally Posted by Quanta View Post
    I'm usually shooting around 125 or 160 iso nowadays, but it was still too bright. I never noticed but it can get really bright in sg :s

    But if I were to get the filter, is there a easy way to gauge how much, erm darker(?) is needed? I mean, out of curiosity do people usually get a whole range of the filters or do they like estimate and just pick a few to get?

    thanks for the help
    So far hardly found it so bright that the camera goes to base ISO, min aperture and maximum shutter speed, and YET still overexposed.

    Common use for ND filters in bright light is to
    - be able to capture movement by using a relatively slow shutter speed
    - be able to isolate background through use of large aperture
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    Default Re: Need a bit of advice about filters

    Quote Originally Posted by Quanta View Post
    Hi everyone, this is my first post ever here, and I'm hoping for some advise about filters?

    Should I get those filters that darken the images or just do that with software?

    Cos recently I got myself an E-pl1 and a manual focus lens, but then some the day was very sunny and the small aperture + fast shutter still seem to make the photo abit too bright :s


    Cheers,
    Poh
    able to post the photo with EXIF data intact?
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra

    So far hardly found it so bright that the camera goes to base ISO, min aperture and maximum shutter speed, and YET still overexposed.

    Common use for ND filters in bright light is to
    - be able to capture movement by using a relatively slow shutter speed
    - be able to isolate background through use of large aperture
    I was wondering if maybe TS used a small f number instead of a small aperture. :x

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    Quote Originally Posted by awesomesther View Post
    I was wondering if maybe TS used a small f number instead of a small aperture. :x
    that's why photo with EXIF speaks a thousand words!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra

    that's why photo with EXIF speaks a thousand words!
    Agreed shall wait for TS to upload then

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    Default Re: Need a bit of advice about filters

    Ah, I didn't keep the original photo I took cos it was a short time ago before I joined Club Snap I will need to remember to keep the original next time if i need help..

    I was using f11 or f16 i think b'cos that's the smallest aperture my lens can provide :x

    PS: thanks everyone for your time to help

    PPS: i think can't insert images, the prompt keep saying i can't do that

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    Okay. If it's f16, then it should be small (relatively)... how much you set your shutter speed usually??

    Actually, you can just fire some test shots tmrw in the day time, during lunch time, and see if it's still over-exposed.

    I think you need to upload somewhere like FB, then get the image URL to post here would be easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quanta
    Hi everyone, this is my first post ever here, and I'm hoping for some advise about filters?

    Should I get those filters that darken the images or just do that with software?

    Cos recently I got myself an E-pl1 and a manual focus lens, but then some the day was very sunny and the small aperture + fast shutter still seem to make the photo abit too bright :s

    Cheers,
    Poh
    You are not shooting into or at the sun?
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    I'm guessing but try check your exposure compensation. Also, what metering are you using......spot metering? Lastly, as the seniors mentioned it's best if you could post a photo with the EXIF.

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    Default Re: Need a bit of advice about filters

    Quote Originally Posted by Quanta View Post
    Ah, I didn't keep the original photo I took cos it was a short time ago before I joined Club Snap I will need to remember to keep the original next time if i need help..

    I was using f11 or f16 i think b'cos that's the smallest aperture my lens can provide :x

    PS: thanks everyone for your time to help

    PPS: i think can't insert images, the prompt keep saying i can't do that
    When adding images, click the "from URL" tab and remember to uncheck the checkbox called "Retrieve remote file and reference locally"

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    Default Re: Need a bit of advice about filters

    Quote Originally Posted by Quanta View Post
    Hi everyone, this is my first post ever here, and I'm hoping for some advise about filters?

    Should I get those filters that darken the images or just do that with software?

    Cos recently I got myself an E-pl1 and a manual focus lens, but then some the day was very sunny and the small aperture + fast shutter still seem to make the photo abit too bright :s


    Cheers,
    Poh
    It depends on your metering actually, ISO, small Aperture and Fast shutter speed etc, are all relative. What decides is actually the metering. Whats your metering settings? Or are you on full manual control? Was your Ev compensative neutral or did you accidentally shifted it up?
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