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Registered: ‎03-16-2016
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A7M2 - Leafs in sunlight are too bright

Since more as one year I experience at the sunny days, that some parts are overbrightend. After checking and reseting the whole camera I tried to overdark the image to enlight it later - I would only have black images on the cam to see the leafs. I will append you the image, what I am doing wrong?

 

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Thanks for your hints,

Robert

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Re: A7M2 - Leafs in sunlight are too bright

Are you shooting video or stills? If video, try one of the log profiles--they're designed for high-contrast situations. If stills, try shooting RAW--then adusting highlight levels in post.

 

Best of luck--

 

Mark

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Re: A7M2 - Leafs in sunlight are too bright

Ui i take only stills so this was no question for me. And I always shoot in RAW, but it is not enough to get the high levels away. Additional problem is even because the leafs are not sharp at the edge, like totally overlighted.

 

Thanks

Robert

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Re: A7M2 - Leafs in sunlight are too bright

Then your options are to fine-tune exposure and test different exposure levels to see what works best for you.

 

Also, out-of-focus hightlights can feel less objectionable than sharp ones, so experiment with depth of field as well.

 

 

Good luck--

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Re: A7M2 - Leafs in sunlight are too bright

If I understand correctly, then the sunlight is reflecting off the leaves and directly into your camera. This is a common problem. The solution is using a polarizing filter on the lens. A polarizing filter is pretty useful to reduce other reflections too.

 

This website has several examples:
http://aboutphotography-tomgrill.blogspot.com/p/filters-using-polarizer.html

 

It's best to purchase good quality, multi-coated filters. DSLR-type cameras require the use of circular polarizing filters, I'm not sure if your mirrorless A7ii requires a circular polarizer.

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Re: A7M2 - Leafs in sunlight are too bright

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"Leafs in sunlight are too bright"

"Additional problem is even because the leafs are not sharp at the edge, like totally overlighted."

The shot was with

F-stop f/22

Exposure time 1/80 sec 

ISO-800

Focal-length 28mm

 

The picture looked bad because of compounded issues.

ISO setting was unnecessarily too high for sunny, outdoor shooting.

Program Mode on many Sony cameras tends to overexpose shots.

Even on Sony A7xx, it would be much better to shoot in any mode other than Program.

1/200 sec or faster shutter speed should improve the shot.

The fixed 28mm (or zoom) lens that's used for the shot may be another issue. Legacy prime lenses with an AF/MF adapter can give wonderful pictures when used with A7xx.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: A7M2 - Leafs in sunlight are too bright

Also very few lenses look good at f/22 due to diffraction issues. I'd try the same shot at f/8 (faster shutter speed for exposure).
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Re: A7M2 - Leafs in sunlight are too bright

Hello guys

 

sorry that I was silent some time but I just ordered a pol Filter to test your comments. Maybe I should etablish a test scenario with the same envoirement because in nature it is always changing. 

 

In summary:

- the pol filter does not really prevent the problem but still improves a bit

- the ISO was a mistake you are correct. I had a photo in the past with the same problem with ISO 50: http://rokdd.de/20160507_DSC04175.jpg

- I tried to take photos with manual mode and its a bit better now, but I have always to underlightning to prevent the effect with the bright edges..

 

Even thanks for your help.. I will try to improve or to find out, going on trip next week!

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Registered: ‎01-08-2015
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Re: A7M2 - Leafs in sunlight are too bright

The Sony FE 28-70/3.5-5.6 isn't very good under the best set of circumstances. At 28mm, sharpness peaks around f/5.6 to f/8. Using it at f/22 is asking for trouble.

 

There are some blown highlights, but that's primarily in the sky over the building. A circular polarizer would help with the reflected light off the leaves, and some of the lack of sharpness could be attrubuted to blooming.

 

On the whole, though, I'd say that your sample photo was properly exposed, but the f/22 aperture made the entire image too soft.

¹ The Lens is the Thing
² 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'
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Message 10 of 14 (1,069 Views)

Re: A7M2 - Leafs in sunlight are too bright

Well I have also a fixed lens 32mm maybe that might be a better option to increase the sharpness. Do you know why the perfect range is between f/5.6 and f/8? I always like a depth in field so I try to maximize the aperture Smiley Wink

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