why do digital files colours looks so bad without post

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Re: why do digital files colours looks so bad without post

57even wrote:

whosthatwhatsthat wrote:

so would you say something like

custom white balance

maybe something along the lines of f2.8 , 1/160th and 100iso ???

although the car is really heavily in focus so I wonder what aperture

Exposure is about balancing tones, not f/numbers and shutter speeds.

BINGO!

You use whatever exposure you need to make sure the elements are well exposed and and balanced, well separated from each other tonally, and the depth of field is where you want it to be,

2X!

You can, if you need to, change the tonal balance later using a tone curve because you can't do that with the camera, but you don't want to make big changes, so getting the light on the subject right is really important.

But its about proportions, not numbers. On a scale of black shadows to almost clipped highlights, where do you want the various elements to end up?

Sure, using white balance calibration helps, but setting up the scene and getting the light on the subject just right is 90% of the job.

Only on a gear forum to people think its the exposure settings. That's the simple bit, just look at the images on the LCD until you like them.

Great post!

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