This is typical of a lot of my photos...underexposed, right? I usually try to do the evaluative metering (if that is what it is called -2, -1, 0, +1, +2), but I think for these I just had it on 0 - it was about 45 minutes before sunset, but kind of overcast.
I actually did "edit" this, but it looks strangely similar to the sooc. Actually, I think it looks worse. :rolleyes:
So on this one I tried to "correct color for skin tone," but it seems too yellow to me. Is it any better? Is both the exposure and wb off in these?
I believe I did unsharp mask/a slight color curve adjustment maybe -- did that on both edits.
This was my second day shooting in raw. I'm not sure what the histogram should look like for a properly exposed picture and how much I can move the exposure slider when I'm open in this view.
I know the ultimate goal is to take good pics sooc...maybe some day!
Also, I know I'm not calibrated on this laptop, but it is my only option right now. Am I wasting my time if I'm not calibrated? I was showing MIL some pics at her house, on her ginormous desktop monitor and my pictures looked completely different than I see them (and awful, at that!).
eta: I did an online calibration test and I am WAYYYY off, from what I can gather. I brightened my monitor a lot and that may have helped a little. Here is edit #3...are any of these even close? In this one I tried to fix the wb in acr, I did NOT adjust for skin tone, did unsharp mask and added a little saturation/contrast.
Edit 3 by StateChick2003, on Flickr