Digital Image Editing questions.......

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  1. capture884

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    Hi,
    I am currently taking digital pictures, uploading the images to my computer, and editing them there.
    My biggest hurdle is knowing how to adjust the brightness and the contrast, and the midtones. Sometimes I want to just scream because I find this process confusing.
    I would like to know if others have had problems deciding how to adjust coloring. I will check this thread often, and I welcome all comments and suggestions.
     
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    Not really, cap. It's a matter of 1) personal taste, and 2) trusting your own judgement and instincts.
     
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    A fairly accurate monitor is also nice... :eek:)
     
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    Oh I have the same problem with that... thanks for posting this question!!
     
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    Only one suggestion ...

    Please - whether you're shooting RAW, or jpg - understand this: Do NOT adjust brightness, contrast or colors UNTIL you have first adjusted DENSITY!

    This is the single most common error people make.

    In other words, Levels! (And sometimes Curves)

    If you don't know how, LEARN!

    If you don't know why ... ASK!
     
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    I agree. The Levels adjustment is a good one to learn. You can search the web for many tutorials on how to use this feature. You can probably find some video tutorials on You Tube.
     
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    You know what? I have never heard of density and levels in a photograph. I think I will research this, and find out what that is all about. Thank you for your help.
     
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    Joves No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yeah levels is the most important as a general rule. All image editing takes much trial and error to get it right. Once you get enough pratice then it becomes natural and, easy. I have spent many an hour cussing at Photoshop when I was first learning.
     
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    Hi Joves,
    I don't have photoshop. I haven't gotten it yet. I have been able to do without it up until this point. I did some reading as was suggested in this thread, and I discovered that I don't have the levels settings. At least, they aren't labeled levels. Must I have photoshop to determine levels?
    Because right now, I adjust the constast or brightness, and it changes the whole pic, and I might only want to do the change in a specific spot.
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    What operating system are you running? XP? Vista? OSX? Linux?
     
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    I'm using windows XP.
     

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