why do digital files colours looks so bad without post

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OP whosthatwhatsthat Forum Member • Posts: 84
Re: A bit of quick analysis

its interesting as becuase he looks pretty much exactly the same, how is that possible to achieve on the day, just simply a well rounded exposure?

Yes, basically. The female model shot was done in much more extreme lighting. The strong shadow at her feet is a clue. We all know what happens when you take a shot of a person in a backlit and otherwise bright outdoor scene (and insufficient fill flash or other compensating light isn't used). It means more post/processing manipulation is required to push up the lightness of the subject herself. There's ALWAYS a price to be paid when pushing shadows.

So do you feel they were shooting slightly underexposed, do you expose for the sky or subject?

isn't it better to deal with shadows rather than highlights in post

It might not be consciously obvious to the viewer if the push isn't too big, but it might be subconsciously troubling. I think that's what you're reacting to.

and do you mean as in push, to bring out the highlights more?

yeah I think it's the unevenness to her skin which I don't like

Get the scenic lighting right, if you want that "natural" look you're going for, so you don't need to fix it in post/processing.

how would you suggest do that, whats the steps to making the image look natural like the brad Pitt one rather than of the woman

Thus, it comes through as more "right" to you or at least that's what I'm suspecting you're picking up on.

As in its more natural and if you wanted you would have for more control in post to edit the brad Pitt photo, which is how I would like to shoot so everything is even.

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