It’s that time again and this weeks RAW file is taken from inside some kind of amusement arcade. It’s quite a vivid file straight from the camera, but let’s see if we can wring out something a bit more striking.
The histogram is largely fine. It’s maybe a bit under exposed but as I said above, the image is quite good out of the camera and I don’t think I’ll be making any major alterations to it.
The two white triangles in either corner indicate that parts of the photograph have turned pure black (left hand side) or pure white (right hand side). You usually want to avoid these warning triangles but it’s important to heed them in the context of the image. In this example, the pure black parts are at the very bottom edge of the picture which is in shadow and the pure white parts are the overhead strip lighting. It is completely pointless trying to squeeze these two extremes into your image so this is a good example of when to ignore them.
ISO 400, 17mm, f/4.0, 1/100 sec are all quite reasonable settings for this capture.
I decided to go contrast crazy with this edit, starting with white balance. I wanted the “Skee Ball” sign to stand out and since it is a warm colour I lowered the overall colour temperature of the image. I also made harsh adjustments to the contrast sliders, took clarity to the maximum and saturation to minimum. I will boost individual colours next.
In the HSL panel (HSL stands for Hue, Saturation and Luminance by the way) we can target the saturation of individual colours. Here I increased the saturation of the red, yellow and green channels.
As we discussed in last week’s RAW edit, photographing straight lines can exaggerate distortions in the lens. It isn’t particularly bad in this picture, but if you can improve the appearance just by placing a tick in a check box I don’t really see a good reason not to.
My final two tweaks were to crop the image to place more emphasis on the repeating patterns and to add a very slight vignette of -7.
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