Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Music in Tsukuba

Tunes in Tsukuba

I took this shot a day or two after buying my new camera. I also happened to have my tripod with me at the time, so I decided to try and play around with the settings a bit. I wanted to do it without a flash so I could show the ambient lighting in the bar.

The original shot was a bit dark, but I managed to make it much more visible thanks to the brightening function in Picasa. I know this is far from perfect, but considering how new I am at all of this I think it's not all that bad. What do you think?


At 12:32 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually think the exposure here is perfect. The lightening produced some kind of noise that works really well here.

Abe -

At 2:42 a.m., Blogger Timmybomb said...

Not bad Champ. The noise is a bit unfortunate. What ISO setting did you have it on?

Regarding literature on photography, I've been reading a series of books by Freeman Patterson. They are pretty in depth though, so they may not be what you're looking for. I'm actually thinking of writing a book for rookie photographers because there aren't really any simple ones out there.

If you have some specific questions you can email me at

I found that I learned quite a bit just by reading the manual that came with my camera.

At 3:49 p.m., Blogger Sidney said...

You could try to remove noise. I know you can do this with Photoshop. I don't know with Picasa.
Anyway, nice admosphere!

At 5:34 p.m., Anonymous tore said...

I really like the composition and the colours in the lighting are really great but the noise is really noticable. I don't think there is a noise reduction function in Picasa but try adjusting the highlights in the original rather than lightening the whole thing. You might get a better result. Plus, a closer crop on the singer might eliminate the need to lighten so much.

At 10:22 p.m., Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Yeah, the noise was the one thing that was bothering me about the shot. If my computer was actually working I'd get Photoshop and play around with it. I guess I'll have to wait to get it fixed or buy a new one.

In the meantime, what you see here is what I've managed to do with Picasa. Most of the time it serves me quite well, but it does have its limitations for sure.

Any suggestions for getting good shots like this in dark places? What kinds of settings are good to use?


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