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05-16-2015, 06:39 PM   #1
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First day out with the Pentax Q

Hi, I got a Pentax Q with 01 prime new for $130, and tried it out for the first time yesterday. Here are some of the results. I would like to know any suggestions for dealing with colour, getting the sky colour to look more natural, etc. Thanks.

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Welcome to the forums! I think you're doing fine with the Original Q and the 01 prime. Nice pano-stitches, BTW.

You might want to set the date in the camera, since it seems like all your photos were taken on January 12th, 2011.

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Good start. Have fun with the littlest SLR like camera ever made.
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What is your color actually set on in the menus? It looks like it's set on a bright setting to me. You might want to check that.
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That shoe leather zoom really seems to work well for you. I really like the pop you got in that first image.
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The colors look a little saturated and vibrant. They need a tweak downward. Are you shooting in JPG or RAW?

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QuoteOriginally posted by 6BQ5 Quote
The colors look a little saturated and vibrant. They need a tweak downward. Are you shooting in JPG or RAW?
NO! NO! and NO!!!!! IMHO, the colors look GREAT! Too many photographers mute the colors and make the image look dull and without depth then they punch up the contrast to compensate. This image has LIFE! Embrace the colors.
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The first image is an in-camera HDR, with a bit more editing in photoshop.
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I think they look great! Pretty impressive images from that little sensor. I like that first B&W pano.

The colors look fine to me, but what's important is that they look good to YOU, @mklives . You're the one making the creative decisions here, and if you like it, you like it. (Personally, I like all my colors a little punchy with bold contrast - It's a personal style.)

It does seem like your bright areas (the stones in the creek bed and the pasture/hay bales) seem a little washed out. What about pulling the highlights back, or underexposing intentionally when taking the shot?
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QuoteOriginally posted by severalsnakes Quote
It does seem like your bright areas (the stones in the creek bed and the pasture/hay bales) seem a little washed out. What about pulling the highlights back, or underexposing intentionally when taking the shot?
Another possibility is to use HDR. It tends to compress contrast even in the normal range some, but I've had success in using HDR for situations with a high range of brightness values and then performing a ("quick") selective contrast adjustment at home.
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