Photo Editing Advice Sought

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
Tom Axford Veteran Member • Posts: 4,287
Re: Photo Editing Advice Sought

Those images are all underexposed. There are a number of options open to you to correct them.

Take the first image, for example, which is at 1/500s, f/2.8, ISO 400. There are several options:

  1. Use a slower shutter speed, say 1/250s or possibly even less. However, this will only work if you have a steady hand (but it should be possible if you concentrate), or use a tripod. Also, it will work only if the birds are not moving very much.
  2. Increase the ISO - but you will also increase the noise, which is already quite noticeable.
  3. Compensate for the underexposure when you process from RAW in SP. Use the slider at the top of the panel on the left-hand side of the SP window.

The first option is best in that it minimises the noise. The lower the ISO the better as far as noise goes. The third option may appear to be as good at first sight, but it also has the effect of increasing the noise, unfortunately.

Just a general observation: you are pushing the FZ200 to its limit by using it at max focal length, full aperture and increased ISO. You will get better images if you can pick a time when the light is better so you can use the base ISO and still expose correctly using an adequately fast shutter speed. Also the images will be better if you can get closer to the birds so you don't need to crop the image.

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