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  1. Garrett

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    How do you take pictures of the following?

    1 The Moon: when I take them I get no detail.
    2 Clouds: I took some of some very red clouds but when I looked what I shot the colours were washed out.
    3 Rainbows: same as 2.
     
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    all 3 of these problems are due to over-exposure. Knock one or two f stops off the metered exposure, or drop your shutter speed by a couple of stop from the metered readings (eg from 1/500th to 1/125th)
     
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    Right idea - wrong execution.

    Decreasing the shutter speed or aperture will INCREASE the exposure, making the problem worse. Always assuming that you camera has manual control, try reducing the exposure in small increments & taking a shot of the same subject at each of them. Eg, if your camera's meter is suggesting an exposure of 1/250 at f8, increase the shutter speed in the smallest steps that your camera will allow while maintaing the aperture at f8. Take a shot at each setting up to say 1/2000. This will represent 3 full stops of under-exposure & you simply retain the best shot. With experience, you will be able to assess how much under-exposure is required for different subjects & you will need to take less shots, but the beauty of digital is that you can experiment at no cost.

    I don't know how accurately commercial prints from digital retain exposure, so all this effort may be undone at the printing stage if you're not in control. Perhaps someone else can advise on that one?
     
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    oops!
    Your quite right, that why all my sunsets, rainbows and moon shots are overexposed:)
     
  5. Garrett

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    Thanks guy :smashin:

    :blush: Just noticed I typed Off instead of Of in the thread title can a mod please change it.
     
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    Me correcting a spelling mistake, there's a first
     
  7. Garrett

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    Me spotting one, is one as well. :laugh:

    Oh Sean you have not altered it in the thread title yet. :D
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    Then alter the title rather than opening my first post up.
     
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    I was just going to ask you how to do that;)
     
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    Actually crocodile dropping the shutter speed (from 1/500 to 1/125 as shown in my example) does indeed reduce exposure, dropping f stops however does increase exposure
     
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    For rainbows and nice blue skys emphasising clouds try using a polariser, really can make all the difference, I prefer pre-processing to post processing anyway.
    For sunsets meter directly off the sky, not the sun itself but an area to the side with the sun out of shot, then bracket either side of these setting.
     

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    I do not think I can get a polarizer for my camera but may look into it.
    Nice picture Zone that could have been posted in the competition water at ground level and in the air.
     
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    Look into Cokin filter holders Garrett, I'm sure they do one specifically for compact digicams.

    By the way I took the picture the same morning as the photo I submiited for the September comp, didn't think it was the best of the bunch I took that morning though, without the polariser the rainbow was washed out so it brought its colours out quite nicely.
     
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    Maybe in a parallel universe where the laws of physics are inverted. However, here on planet Earth 1/125=2/250=4/500. Therefore a shutter speed of 1/125 lasts 4 times as long as 1/500. If the shutter is open for 4 times longer with the same aperture then 4 times as much light will pass. If that results in under-exposure then beam me up Scotty....
     
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    Thats the figure I have 1/500 is a faster exposure than 1/250 for certain.
     
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    Using a 1/500 is a faster speed than 1/125. If not on automatic for shutter speed and the f stop remains the same the 1/500 will let less light in than the 1/125 shutter speed, thus a darker picture will be taken.
     
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    Just ignore me. I'm going for a little lye down in my parallel universe, after I've take my stupid pills of course :)
     
  17. Garrett

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    I eventually got one, even taking two picture on the same setting I got different results.
     

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    I used the same method a few weeks ago to try and creat moody lookin weather. It was a hell of lot nicer then those pics would tell you.


    The camera does lie
     

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    I like the third one Keano :D very dramatic ;)

    It's Black................black i tell you :laugh:
     
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    Blaaaaaaack as the eyes of a weeping binbag:laugh: craked me up that scetch
     

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