Help with taking SPS pics

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  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Hi guys, I need some advice on taking nice sps pics please.

    I have been trying to capture the colour of this millepora in the photo below.

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    As you can see there is just way too much light as the top of the coral is almost pure white.

    So I played with the settings on my camera and 17000 photo's later I managed to come up with this, I can't even remember what I did as I was getting so frustrated. This is what I ended up with...
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    As you can see I managed to cut down on the whiteness a bit but there is still too much, the colour has come out a bit more but the coral is a lot redder in real life, as well as the monti in the background.

    How do I reduce the amount of white light and increase the colour?

    Thanks.
     
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    Tagging along on this one. Where is Sunburst?
     
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    me too
     
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  6. clinton stanford

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    tagging along here Viper.i have also been strugling to get the lighting in my photos right.
     
  7. Broder

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    Dean, set the camera to manual. You can select a low iso number so that you get high definition. This will give you less light to play with, but you don't need a fast shutter speed anyway. About 1/30th of a second should be about right. Then adjust your aperture until the lightest area of the coral is under-exposed by 1 stop. You'll see this by pointing the smallest metering square onto the lightest part of the coral and checking the exposure meter. Close the aperture until it shows you -1. Remember that the smaller the aperture number is, the less the depth of field, ie the depth that will be in focus.
     
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    by the way dean , is that a "red" mille ???
     
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    Geez :( Ok, give me a few days to digest and try make sense of that :p Thanks Mudshark, I'll give it a try. When you say low ISO, would that be 100?

    I think it was sold as a pink mille, can't remember now, but it's more red than pink, actually quite a nice deep red.
     
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    Yip.
     
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    would an even lower ISO (like 50) be better?
     
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    I've never seen an ISO of 50.
     
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    on my sisters camera, you can set it to Low iso (50)
     
  14. Broder

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    Major correction, the lightest part of the coral must be correctly exposed when you point the light meter at it. That means that mid tones will be under-exposed by about 1 stop.
     
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    Flippen hell. So much effort to take out a pic :p
    Shot Broder! Gonna sit and play with the camera later today ;)
     
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    broders advice is tops!judging from his pics!:thumbup:

    but unfortunately not all camera's are equal....
    also most cams dont capture colour accurately always so SOMETIMES you have to play with the saturation in an image editor...just be sure to not over do it to look fake try to play with the contrast a touch so that you can get the exact colour match of the subject in focus.
     
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    So I must buy a light meter now?
     
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    er i think he means the cameras built in light meter....
     
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    That's right, in manual mode there should be bar showing you if the settings that you have chosen are under or over-exposed?
     
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    Look at that, never seen that before, I had the camera on P instead of M :p Thanks.
     
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    It is a crappy pic, out of focus,take a better one:whistling::

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