Very disappointed with Canon T4i (650D) - over-exposed/washed out pictures

Started Dec 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
Omni88
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Interesting how taking photos has progressed
In reply to Omni88, Dec 11, 2012

It's interesting to see the progression (or regression, depending on which way you look at it) over the past number of years (and decades) of photography in general, and the complexity of taking photographs.

It's interesting to see the progression (or regression, depending on which way you look at it) over the past number of years (and decades) of photography in general, and the complexity of taking photographs.

I've travelled much of the world, and have obviously taken thousands (probably tens-of-thousands) photographs over the years and decades... from 35mm to digital to DSLR.

In the days of 35mm, you hoped and prayed that the photos you were taking were actually going to turn out as expected when you had the photos developed. In many cases it's not like you could simply go back and re-shoot if you screwed up the settings while taking pictures. And unless you had your own dark room, it usually took a minimum of 24 hours, and in many cases days before you got to see your results (or your failures). You had some limited creativity during the picture taking process of what the camera could or couldn't do.

Along came digital. I purchased a Sony F828. It was a good camera (until it recently died). It had a high average of turning out good quality pictures. Out of every 100 pictures I took with that camera, I may have 1 or 2 pictures that were bad. All other pictures were of good quality in shadow, detail, contrast, color saturation, skin tones, etc.  I shot most everything in default JPG. The pictures I took with the F828 were in many cases "view ready" and rarely did I ever have to adjust or clean up photos in post.

Along comes the Canon T4i with a multitude of settings (to replace my F828). It should be known that I am a fanboy of Canon. My 35mm was a Canon. I have a pocket Canon.  So I am definitely not here to diss Canon. The interesting observation I've noted in these threads is the amount of additional time and/or complexity that has been introduced with the DSLR picture taking process. Yes I acknowledge that with this additional complexity/settings comes a layer of freedom to be more creative during the picture taking process... especially in pre and post image adjustments. Taking a picture now is not as simple as point-and-shoot....  as mentioned in these threads, be aware of or make pre-adjustments (EC, bracketing, meter mode, etc.) and review the histogram after each picture you take.  And it's obviously become the "norm" as mentioned numerous times in these threads to shoot RAW then fix/adjust pictures later in post with Photoshop or other software.   This adds more time and complexity to the entire process before photos are typically view ready, but I can see how it also allows for more creative freedom after the picture has been taken to fix, cleanup, or alter photos after the fact.

Seems like taking photographs with 35mm cameras were a much simpler time... at least until you got a batch of photos back from the developer only to find you shot something in a wrong mode or setting and the entire batch was wrecked... and you had no way to go back and re-shoot.   Now talk about a bad set of photos which you had no way of fixing at all!  

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