Banish Bad Pictures: 9 quick fixes for common camera complaints

    | Photography for Beginners | 20/05/2013 12:57pm
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    Tired of taking bad pictures? Find out how to fix photos in-camera with our simple advice for curing your exposure problems and focusing headaches. We offer solutions for some of the most common photography problems photographers face. So read on to soothe your burning photo composition and colour complaints!

    Banish Bad Pictures: 9 quick fixes for common camera complaints

    Whether you’re an experienced enthusiast or you’ve just bought your first digital SLR, everybody has problems with their pictures now and then. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

    In fact, if you’re less than perfectly happy with your shots, it only goes to prove that you’re eager to improve your DSLR shooting skills. And, as the saying goes, you can always learn from your camera mistakes!

    However, working out how to solve your dilemmas on your own can prove to be a real headache. Which menu option or control do you need to use to make your pictures look better? Well, you can rest easy, because our team of D-SLR doctors are here to cure all of your camera complaints.

    Whether your highlights are looking blown out and over-exposed, or your photos are suffering from camera shake, we’ve got the solutions to your problems.

    If you’re finding it impossible to capture photos with a sense of impact, or your images’ colours look out of whack, we’ll help you resolve your issues. Read on to learn the quick and easy way to restore your shots back to health.

    Fixing Bad Pictures: Why are all my photos blown out?

    Fixing Bad Pictures: Why are all my photos blown out?

    Were you shooting in bright daylight?
    Photographing landscapes under midday sun can prove problematic. For the best colours and problem-free exposures, try to shoot your scenes with your back to the sun. If that’s not an option, here are two other possible solutions…

    YES

    Did you try using Exposure Compensation?
    Left to its own devices, your digital DSLR can sometimes produce pictures that look lighter or darker than you would like them to. Switch to Av (Aperture Priority) mode and use Exposure Compensation to tweak the overall brightness.

    Fixing Bad Pictures: Why are all my photos blown out?

    OR

    Did you use an ND Grad filter?

    In landscapes, a standard exposure will either result in overly bright skies lacking detail, colour and impact, or striking skies and excessively dark foregrounds.

    NO

    Using ND Grad filters

    By using a Neutral Density (ND) Gradient filter when photographing landscapes, you make the brightness of the scene more even. You’ll be able to capture the foreground detail as well as the beautiful colour and texture of clouds in the sky.

     

    Try using histograms
    When reviewing your shots on your camera’s LCD, get into the habit of checking histograms as well to see if your shots are too bright or dark. You can also check histograms in Levels in Photoshop.

    Try using histograms: underexposed

    1 Under-exposed

    This shot of a stag is too dark. The majority of the tones are stacked on the left of the histogram.

    Try using histograms: overexposed

    2 Over-exposed

    This shot is too bright. The majority of the tones are now bunched up on the right of the histogram.

    Try using histograms: correctly exposed

    3 Correctly exposed

    This shot is bang on. There’s an even spread of shadows, midtones and highlights on the histogram.

    PAGE 1 – Fixing Bad Pictures: Why are all my photos blown out?
    PAGE 2 – Fixing Bad Pictures: Why do my landscape photos look so flat?
    PAGE 3 – Fixing Bad Pictures: Why do my skies look white and washed out?
    PAGE 4 – Fixing Bad Pictures: Why are my photos blurry and out of focus?
    PAGE 5 – Fixing Bad Pictures: how do I focus on moving targets?
    PAGE 6 – Fixing Bad Pictures: why do my photos look so cluttered?
    PAGE 7 – Fixing Bad Pictures: why do my photos lack impact?
    PAGE 8 – Fixing Bad Pictures: why do my action shots look boring?
    PAGE 9 – Fixing Bad Pictures: Why do my colours look all wrong?

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