The Digital Photo Guy

Monday Morning Tip – 4/20/09

by on Apr.19, 2009, under Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing

It’s time for another MMT and we’re still on “Back to Basics”. I was at San Diego Wild Animal Park last week with several former students to photograph butterflies in the Butterfly Jungle exhibit. If you’ve been to Butterfly Jungle, you know the light is mottled and streaked. Bright patches of sunlight cut through dark areas shaded by huge leaves and tall trees. Under such conditions, it’s imperative that you quickly and accurately add or subtract light to get the desired exposure. Exposure Compensation (EC) helps you do just that.

Butterfly on Leaf   Close-Up   3610_green

This MMT applies to both dSLRs and compact digicams. Every digital camera I’ve seen in the past few years has an EC control. The only difference between dSLRs and digicams is that dSLR controls tend to be somewhat standardized while digicams are less so. The worst digicam designs require you to drill down into a menu to adjust EC.

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New Video Posted

Part 1 of a 3-part video on restoring old photos has been posted. Although the material is the same as what I presented to the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego, I enhanced the video with call-outs and annotations. If you saw the CGSSD recording, please view the new video and leave a comment regarding your preference. If the call-outs and annotations don’t add value, I want to avoid putting in so much time and effort.

New Videos

How much interest is there for videos covering Photoshop CS2/4? If there’s enough interest, I’ll produce a few but, if there’s no interest, I don’t want to waste time. Leave a Comment if you’re interested.

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