pictures are to dark

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  1. lightning

    lightning TPF Noob!

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    hello everybody heres my first post
    i own and run a clothing online store but the big problem is that all my pictures are to dark
    my camera is a sony cybershot dsc-p100
    i am using a white muslin back ground
    all this is being shot at home in daylight
    i have read a bit on lighting but dont really understand it all,i have a small budget to get me started.any help would be great or equipment that is needed many thanks paul
     
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    Can you post some examples along with the settings you're using? That will help us determine the best course of action.
     
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    how do i post samples as my attachment is show not aloud to post
    as for setting i just use 5million pix fine and the flash hope this helps thanks paul
     
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    [​IMG]hope this is right here go's



    thank you
     
  6. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Heya lightning and welcome to ThePhotoForum.
    I edited your post so that the photo shows right away (made use of the little "insert image"-icon above the communication box which opens when you post or reply, it is the yellow square with grey mountains and a grey sun), makes viewing much easier for most members.

    Now my question to you is: what do you want to achieve with oyur photos, what to you take them for? Are they supposed to go into a catalogue on products that you sell in your shop?
     
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    hello LaFoto
    thanks for the help there
    trying to get good photos to put on website as i have got into online trading ,most of the photos i up load are way to dark.
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Do you use any post processing software after you have taken your photos? For your example photo here looks like you could still brighten it by working on the "levels" (as it is called in Photoshop), adjusting the highlights. So you could get well-exposed photos even AFTER you have taken it -- for you need not take at face value what your camera gives you. There are means to still change it.
     
  9. lightning

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    i do have photoshop 7
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I only have the old 6.0 version, but I think yours still has the level-adjustment under "Image" -> "Adjust" . When you then look at the histogramme of your photos (a kind of "mountain" if all goes well) you can see if your pics lack in highlights ("flat lands" on the right) and you could pull the lever towards the beginning of the "mountain" and see if that helps.
     
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    sorry but i dont know what you mean
     
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    xfloggingkylex TPF Noob!

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    use the help fuction of PS and type in "Levels" or "Levels adjustment". Then once you learn where it is located use levels to bring up the mids (just drag and slide the triangle) to brighten the picture. It does a very natural looking job, unlike simply brightening the picture, which usually makes things white looking and poor quality.
     

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