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Old 15-02-10, 17:51
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Unhappy more color!!!!

Hi, i was wondering wether there was a way to get more color into the pics, for example by having a long exposure time? without any filters. thx, some of my pics are cruelly missing color...
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Old 15-02-10, 18:59
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Possibilities.
1) Check your camera settings, you can always choose vivid for instance.
2) Get the exposure correct. If it is not then quality drops.
3) Increase saturation in your editing programme.
Best to combine 2 and 3 as gives you most control.
Just a thought if you are shooting in RAW then editing in a programme is essential as RAW always looks flat. If you do not want to get into RAW editing make sure the camera is set to highest quality JPEG.
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Old 15-02-10, 19:04
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I don’t think exposing longer would increase colour, most people increase colour and whatever in PP “post-processing” what camera do you have and can you post any samples?

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Old 15-02-10, 20:34
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Thanks a lot, I'm new to photography and trying to learn about it, you're a great help. I've got a Nikon D60, shoot in the highest quality Jpeg, and use a Tamron 18-270 mm VR f/3.5-6.3
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Old 15-02-10, 20:43
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here is an example for the dull colors...
sorry about the double post.
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Old 15-02-10, 22:12
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As robski has mentioned in the other post, it's primarily because you've taken the picture in dull, flat, overcast light conditions. Dull light=dull images.
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Old 16-02-10, 09:15
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Another thought, make sure your monitor is calibrated properly when PP ing and viewing your shots. I bought a lovely new monitor but the default settings were way out, I was amazed at the difference when I calibrated with a Spyder. Well worth the 89 for the Spyder Pro 2, at least you know what you are seeing is there.
As well as colour contrast is worth playing with as well if the lighting is dull.
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Old 16-02-10, 23:49
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Hi

I'm with Mike on the Spyder Pro 2 investment - if you take your photography seriously then you have to calibrate your monitor to ensure that you're working to industry colour management standards. Shooting in RAW and using a good post RAW conversion package can provide you with loads of contrast and saturation adjustment. However the wrong light can rob the best subject and composition of any impact.

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Old 17-02-10, 06:56
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Thx a lot. Thing is, as a high school student I'm afraid I don't have that kind of money to spend on that...
do you know of a free version or something less expensive i could calibrate the monitor with?
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Old 17-02-10, 11:14
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Hi Bob
I you guess you know this but in case you dont.
Try Enhance - Auto Smart Fix. I use it on a copy and turn copy off and on to see if it looks better. Most of the time it is. If not then just undo or deleat copy.
I would not say Auto Smart Fix is great but its a good starting point.
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