They Look Flat

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  1. leopardforest

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    I took about a hundred photos today at about 4:30-6:00 pm and a lot of my landscape pictures look flat. What can I do to improve contrast in my shooting? I would prefer to take a good image and have to do little LR and PS work.

    Thanks!!

    Here is one of the pictures with no editing what so ever:

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  2. Jeff Colburn

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    It's very common to have images look flat when you download them into your computer. I simple fix in Photoshop is just auto levels and auto contrast.

    To increase contrast when taking the picture, underexpose by about 1/3 stop.

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    Thanks! Do you think that it is also due to the fact that it was clouded over and low light??
     
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    Also a polarizing filter could help, it should make the clouds a bit more pronounced but i'm not positive.
     
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    I think that an overcast sky diffuses light so much that you get flat looking photos. There is not much variation, and highlights and shadows are lost. The sun is typically a very sharp light source, but the clouds can diffuse it quite a bit.
     
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    I know all my pictures were looking pretty flat, so I went into the camera menu and changed the color tone from flat to "vivid" or something of that effect, and now the colors pop.
     
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    So i messed around with my camera and changed thoes settings and got that pop. But it is probably easier to do it in LR or PS right? I do shoot in RAW.
     
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    If you shoot in RAW then it would be easiest in lightroom. Oh and if you really want that image to pop, come back sunset on a clear day.
     
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    Thanks again! I will definitely go and do the shot again on a clear day! Thanks for all your help.
     
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    sometimes, when you look out of the window, the world around you looks rather flat (light-wise, not debating this globe thing ;) ). ;)
     
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    Neither was Columbus, but we still give that jerk a holiday, and glorify him as a hero in grade schools around the US.
     

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