This is one image that was exposed for the highlights slightly (underexposed) and had the shadows boosted in post.
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While leading a photo walk the other day, I was trying to teach folks that photography is a lot more than just composition, looking at a scene, and being captivated by it. Instead, it’s also about absorbing the scene and trying to figure out how you can capture all the details of the scene in a single shot. This, over most other things, I think is an incredible skill that you can use day in and day out as a photographer. To boot, you don’t need to shoot in manual for this.
For starters, look at the scene through your viewfinder and figure out the contrast between the brightest of brights and the darkest of darks. Your camera will automatically figure out a middle ground in the evaluative scene metering mode but in order to get the most details in the image ask yourself: “Are the brights more dominant in this image or are the highlights?” Also ask yourself which one is more extreme.
Editor’s Correction: the following section has been rewritten to be more clear and also corrected
If you’re shooting a scene mostly dominated by the shadows, then first expose perfectly for the shadows and then try to overexpose by around 1/3rd to 1 and 1/3 stop. The reason for this is because modern camera sensors can pick up more detail from the shadows then from the highlights. If you’re shooting a scene mostly dominated by the highlights, then underexpose by 1/3rd to half a stop. The reason for this is because you’ll have an easier time pushing the shadows to get less grain and an overexposure of this much can easily be fixed in modern software.
By shooting this way, you’ll have a lot less images to go through in the post-production phase and your workflow will be much more seamless.
The Samsung NX300 is a camera that has a major emphasis on mobile sharing. With built in WiFi transmission and a a very sleek interface, the NX300 is also aiming to change your workflow. Though it comes bundled with Adobe Lightroom 4, it also will play nicely with other devices. The camera changed our workflow quite a bit when testing it, and using the camera was one of the most fun experiences that I can remember in my years of running this site.
If you’re a bit more serious though, this camera might not be the one you say, “I do” to.
We’ve been working on the Fujifilm X100s review for almost a month now, and we have to say that the camera is really quite the awesome piece of hardware. At first, I wasn’t so smitten for it but it has started to warm up to me after sticking around as a constant companion image taker. The company has truly made this an extremely capable camera and has indeed improved on some of the biggest problems that they faced with the X100–the camera’s predecessor.
I’ve been testing it in the streets of New York City–the perfect proving grounds for the audience that this camera is targeted towards. And despite some admirable performance and improvements from its first incarnation, the camera will still face some issues.
Editor’s Note: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE realize that this is not our review. We don’t want some schmuck from a forum coming in and accusing us saying that our review wasn’t thorough enough. Consider this a special report. The full review will come after the publishing of this piece.
Upon the announcement of the Canon 6D; we weren’t so impressed. Admittedly, it features some awesome technology such as the new meter, built-in Wi-Fi, and more. At Photo Plus Expo, I finally was able to get some personal fondling time with the Canon 6D: the company’s latest full frame DSLR targeted at enthusiasts.
The Sony A37 is the company’s latest offering to the entry level crowd. Both Peter and I had hands on time with the unit before it was even announced and in two totally different scenarios. The camera has stylistic differences from the likes of Canon and Nikon: the other two major players in this market segment. The A37 also continues Sony’s dedication to the SLT system; which removes the optical viewfinder for an electronic one and therefore also sticks with a translucent mirror.
Many Sony products are very favorably reviewed on this website. So is the A37 any different?
Not long ago, Leica announced their brand new X2 camera. As an update to the X1, it gives consumers an optional electronic viewfinder, a modest megapixel bump, higher ISO capabilities, and a newly designed pop-up flash. As is Leica’s mentality and corporate philosophy, all upgrades were very minimal and the entire package still emphasizes simplicity.
Holding true to Leica’s branding, this camera will also set your checking account back a bit.