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  1. Re: How damaged photos my camera takes? (Juhana Sadeharju)


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Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 13:05:27 +0300
From: Juhana Sadeharju <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: [Gimp-user] Re: How damaged photos my camera takes?
To: gimp-user@lists.XCF.Berkeley.EDU

Hello. I took photos with Canon IXUS II + automatic mode:

This photo is very dark and blue. The reason why it's dark is because of the way the exposure meter in the camera works. It's not really as sophisticated as many people seem to think. All it does is that it tries to turn everything into middle grey. All exposure meters are calibrated for 18% grey. In a scene with many variations in tones, from black to white, the photo will have a correct exposure. But if there are large parts that are black or white the meter will get confused. It can't know if you're photographing snow, or in this case white carboard, it will just adjust the exposure to turn everything into middle grey. That's why it's so dark. The blue color is probably because of having the wrong white balance.

IMG_3922.JPG and IMG_3923.JPG
The forest is much darker than the sky. In the first photo the camera has 
measured the light to give a correct exposure of the forest. Because the sky is 
so much brighter it will turn white, no matter what camera your using (that's 
why photographers often use a a half toned grey filter in landscape 
photography), it is possible however to use a polarizing filter to increase the 
blue color of the sky. In the second photo the camera has measured the light to 
give correct exposure for the sky. The forest is because of this very dark. In 
both pictures the camera has tried to turn the tones into the equivalent of 
middle grey. For the first forrest photo this has made the forrest a bit to 
bright because the forest has very dark tones so it tries to lighten them. Not 
much you can do about it without being able to adjust the exposure on the 
camera (or darken it afterwards in gimp, it's always better though to have a 
good photo from the start). You can however turn the camera to an area which 
will give the right exposure, press down the trigger halfway and then redirect 
the camera to the part you want to photograph, I often use a grey card for 
this. This will unfortunately also lock the focus.

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