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Old 01-27-2009, 06:15 AM   #1
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White Focus in the snow...tough photo.

Maybe it'll be easier with practice, but taking photos in the snow has always been difficult for me. Apparently it's still hard even though your digital camera has a snow-scene mode like this Panasonic. Having a white car in the photo makes it even more difficult. The exposure is always a problem.....

I suppose if you took your time, and made a bunch of exposures with different settings, then reviewed the results in the field, maybe shot over....you could get some good shots. But who wants to do that when it's cold and snowing? I prefer to take a bunch of quick shots on automatic/snow scene, and do the final adjustments in Photoshop.

It's still hard though. I could not get it right....until I tried a plug-in called "Contrast Master". That did it. It brought back all the detail in the Focus. Here's the before/after shots. What do you think?






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if you edit it in Photoshop use the Shadow/Highlight under the adjustments tab. Using this combined with the exposure setting will give you much better control over the lights vs the dark

Then you can also mess around with the individual colors to better the overall image

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^^^^That's a lot better than I could manage with Photoshop alone. But I was wanting to use this as a desktop image. That's why I darkened the background more than your version. Makes seeing the desktop icons easier.

I'm an amateur with Photoshop... it's a massive program to learn completely. But there's nothing better out there.

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Can your camera take filters?
If so, get a circular polarizing filter.
That really helped with some of the snow shots I've taken.
This is what I'm talking about:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...zer_Glass.html

Otherwise, "Shadow/Highlight" is your best friend.
And, don't forget the photo filters: (Photoshop CS)
^^^Image-Adjustments-Photo Filter. Use one of the warming filters to tone down the blue hues.
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^^^^^The camera used for this photo cannot be fitted with a filter on the lens. But my Fuji can use a polorizing filter....so I know what you're talking about. I've used that filter for reflection reduction, but not in the snow.

So here's my second attempt, not cropped, using shadow/highlight and a few CS filters.....plus I cleaned up the snow. When using this as a desktop image, I'll probably increase the contrast.

This photo was 12mb to begin with....For web use its about 175K.

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Heh...all along I've been wishing for a little more snow to try out a few more ideas. What did I get.....One of the biggest snow-falls in a long time. Photoshop couldn't do anything with that, plus I'm not leaving the driveway.

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Try using the filter galley on your photoshop program. Usually a Magenta will help.
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This photo was 12mb to begin with....For web use its about 175K.
Your latest "chop" turned out pretty nice.

Too funny you got all that snow!
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That's why invesment in a nice DSLR is the best thing you can every do. Nikon D60/D80 or something in that line up. Then photoshop has nothing on what you can do by controlling everything that a camera is supposed to do.
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^^^^^I think a lot depends on what you're doing with the pictures. Unless you've got money to burn, a moderately-priced digital camera will do just fine most of the time. You'll still have problems with these snow pictures, no matter what you use.

Sitting in front of a computer, manipulating the photo with Photoshop, is likely to give you as good a picture as an expensive DSLR, a bunch of lenses and filters, and a ton of practice in the field.....at a much lower price.

I used expensive Nikon 35mm SLRs for a long time. Photoshop and a relatively cheap digital camera is an easier way to go...IMO.

Oh.....my sister uses an expensive digital Nikon/microscope combo in her research work, but still uses Photoshop CS for the finished images.
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