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balance me white
March 31, 2009, 10:22 pm
Filed under: digital photography, final cut, photoshop

whether it be photoshop, FCP or Avid, you can follow these simple tips to make your image look more natural and finessed.

– Use your eyedrop tool to reset the whites and blacks in your image.
– Look at the details in your highlights and shadows. Are they visible or are they washed out? You may want to try again if you are losing information.
– If there are people in natural lighting, check their skin tones out. This is the best way to know if you have successfully corrected color. Sometimes you a Paris Hilton orange thing going on.

Some reading material

Color Correction for the Video Guy
Do all the options on your color correction tool look too intimidating to you? This post explains to you the functions of highlights, midranges and the mysterious gamma.

Creative Cow’s Correcting White Balance
An easy to follow FCP tutorial video that demonstrates the steps necessary to color correct your mis-white balanced picture.

Eyefetch’s Photoshop Balance Tutorial
A very straightforward tutorial with screencaps.

Cambridge in Color
This is a more in depth look at color temperature and white balancing with your camera. You will definitely get better results if you white balance correctly ear in the game.


How to Shoot HDR with a D40X
March 27, 2009, 1:49 am
Filed under: digital photography

I’m in love with my D40X. It’s so petite and portable, I want to give it a good, hard squeeze on its cheeks like a proud grandma. The only complaint I have with it is that it doesn’t autobracket, which makes it a little more difficult to get the perfect HDR shot.

But no fear! All you need is a tripod and some quick tips, and you’ll be on your way. First make sure your camera is firmly mounted on your tripod. If there is too much discretion within each exposure, you will get a blurry final comp. Also, make sure that you bracket with shutter speed and not aperture, since adjust the aperture with change your depth of field and may cause your camera to refocus. You’ll also end up with a blurry end product.

Simply set your camera to manual and meter your exposure, then set your camera to aperture (A) mode. Hold down the +/- button and start toggling the wheel left and right. There a lot of opinions online on how much you want to bracket. For me, it was a trial and error method. I took at least 8 different exposures for each set up 2 ev’s apart. In the end, you’d want to grab as many as you can if it is your first time so you have options during processing.

When you shoot, pay attention to your previews and histogram to make sure you grab enough detail from both the highlights and the shadows. One thing to look out for is the glowing reflections off of solid surfaces during long exposures. This will cause what they call the “halo” effect.