Wondering about consistently low exposure & vibrance

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  1. chexone

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    Hi, I'm pretty new to all this cool stuff. I'm having a slight annoyance.

    Here's some info: Body:
    Canon 30D
    Lenses: EF 70-200 4.0L, EF 50 1.8, Tamron 17-50 2.8

    Problem:
    My pictures come out consistently under-exposed and lacking in color, no matter which lense I use. I use Adobe Lightroom for post-production, and by adjusting the exposure and vibrance there, I get what I'm looking for, but I'm always having to make the same adjustments, it seems.

    I'm either doing something wrong when taking the pics, or there's something wrong with the camera. I've tried playing around with Exposure compensation and some camera settings (Picture Style), but it doesn't seem to help much. I'm shooting mostly on Av to control the aperture.

    Any ideas about this?
    Before and after pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28705826@N07/sets/72157607345992868/

    Thanks!
     
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    are you shooting in auto or manual mode?
     
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    I'm shooting in what they call the "Creative Zone" using Av. So not completely manual, just setting the aperture.
     
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    The original pic does look way under exposed. Looking at your exif data I see that the exposure bias is 0/3 EV. Also looking at your other pictures on your flickr it seems alot of your photos has the exposure bias. I'm guessing it's flash compensation so make sure you set that to 0. Also are you shooting in RAW or JPG? If you're in RAW then there usually is always some sort of PP. With JPG the camera adds some proccessing to the picture depending on what kind of style you choose. But I usually always do some sort of PP to all of my pictures.

    Edit - After some research it seems that "Exposure Bias 0/3 ev" means 0. But what I don't understand is why my photos say Exposure Bias 0 ev.
     
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    Thanks! I'm shooting in RAW, yes.
     
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    just bumping because I have the same problem and wonder if anyone else has advice! :)
     
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    Thanks for those links. It looks like the Canon cameras underexpose slightly on purpose, to avoid over exposing and losing detail. I'm glad I have Lightroom!
     
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    my 30D is the same way. i have found that just bumping it up 1/3-2/3 helps a ton. i just about leave my camera this way, i tend to find it more forgiving. not everyone will agree, but for me it works best.

    also, what metering mode are you using? mine seems to do better in daylight with spot metering and for indoors or anything other than daylight, i like the center-weighted average.

    hope this helped a little
     
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    Thanks twozero. Yep bumping it up does seem to help. I'll try it out some more.

    I've been shooting with spot metering. Have not gotten around to experimenting with others, but I'll keep that in mind.
     
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    There's nothing wrong with spot metering. You just have to learn what to meter on. To be that underexposed, it seems you had to have exposed on the sky. Even the manipulated version is underexposed, and to correct it further, you will be desaturating the sky.

    That was a hard shot to begin with, no matter which mode you used. I'm also pretty sure you would have blown out the sky to get the proper exposure, so a polarizer would be a definite asset in a shot like this. Bump it, bump it, and bump it again. Don't worry about the cost. Film is cheap when you're shooting digital.:)

    PS How are your shots when you don't have such a bright background?
     

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