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hungt23

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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.

 

ipin

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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.
 

hungt23

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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.
 

kelccm

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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.
Next time you should shoot during the "golden hours", then go gambling:bsmilie:
 

ipin

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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.
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!!! :sweatsm: :lovegrin:
 

isaacarus

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

mysum

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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
 

ipin

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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
 

lizzy

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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.
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 ;)
 

mysum

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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. :D
 

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