Yes, the first pic is overexposed and I wouldn't have used such a high ISO. Also I would have used a smaller aperture (say f11) which is likely to be closer to the lens' sweetspot and will give a great DoF. Going completely manual I would expect something like ISO 200; 1/125 @ f11
So, you're about 3 stops adrift.
The problem then is one of dynamic range- The sensor just hasn't got the range to expose adequately for the shadows (under the trees) and for the bright sky. The solution would be take two or three images at different settings and marry them together. If you have PS4 or 5 there is an HDR facility for this.
The simpler solution is a graduated ND filter to cut down the excess light from the sky.
You could try to rescue this in PS by lassoing the overexposed section and reducing the exposure locally, but it's unlikely that you'll get very far. If the highlights are blown, there's no data to rescue.
The second pic is more salvageable and simply needs the exposure lightening up in PS. Image/Adjustments/Brightness & Contrast.
Cheers Mate. i have got cs5 and have already saved a couple of the darker shots but as you say, the blown out ones are a lost cause.
I have been looking at them there filters but having bought a camera plus 2 lenses a tripod and a bag, all my bargaining chips with swmbo are used up........ for now lol
Will try what you have said next time for sure. Cheers.
Originally Posted by OldBoy
On the first picture you have exposure compensation of 0EV whilst, the second is -2EV. This would make the second picture darker than the first. It should have been the other way round.
is you mocking me?
I have had my camera for 7 weeks now and hopefully with [constructive] critisism i will be investing in and hopefully controling a much better camera. You never know