I am out in the front yard with my $3000 camera setting up to make an image of the snow on the ground and blue sky out the front door. I set up in Aperture Priority and set EV to +1.5 with a D800e/ 24mm lens / f11 and take a shot. My wife walks up with her iPhone and gets a better balanced exposure with bright white snow and all. Printed both at 4x6 and her's actually looked better . . . Apparently I stink ))
Truth is, I haven't a clue, and even less interest, in how to use her cell phone ... LOL
I only got a cell phone as the request of my family. Somehow it makes them fell better when I am twenty miles up a dirt road in the middle of nowhere with my camera. I just look at it laying there and smile because there is no signal anyway ...
Wed 05-Feb-14 05:21 AM | edited Wed 05-Feb-14 05:25 AM by Antero52
> "I find in most instances the D800 matrix metering does a darn good job."
+1 for that. IMO the OP's habit of dialing a large exposure boost is a legacy from film cameras with more primitive metering systems. I made the same mistake with my first DSLR (D90). I've since learned to rely on the matrix metering that usually recognizes snow scenes and makes a good exposure. The D800(E) has such a wide dynamic range that you could try dialing a negative exposure compensation to ensure that no areas of snow are burned.
But it is difficult to capture the texture in snow. The contrast in the texture is so low that snow tends to look like textureless paper. If you increase contrast, the risk is getting overly dark shadows and burned highlights. The trick is to increase local contrast (clarity) in post processing but keeping overall contrast in check.
Here's a thread in which processing of snow was discussed. See post #17:
I hear you. Some times simple is "better" for those grab shots. As the cell phones advance, as do the cameras inside. This is probably why compact camera sells have more then likely dropped a lot over the last few years.
Here is a grab shot of my new toy from my iPhone 4s:
iPhone4s 4mm f/2.4 1/31nd iso 50 - Post was done with PS Express app on phone (Free):
Original unedited, excuse the cluttered tool box. has been cleaned up, LoL:
Funny thing is, I printed the edited file for fun right from my phone to my Canon MX922 (through home network) to 4x6 Canon glossy II paper and came out just fine.
Just returned from a short trip to Italy where I tried my auction site special GPS unit on the D800 sticking out like a sore thumb (don't think its very accurate)
Came home & read that Nikon just brought out a camera with GPS.
Then checked the shots I took with my iPhone5 when the 800 was in the hotel and guess what? they are all nicely catalogued in date order with each Place and Street name already added automatically & yes it does make calls as well and the quality of snap is astounding considering its a phone and I even have a free mini Photoshop app on it if I choose not to use the phones built in correction and filter tools. I no longer carry a separate compact camera.
>>Just returned from a short trip to Italy where I tried >my >>auction site special GPS unit on the D800 sticking out >like a >>sore thumb (don't think its very accurate) > >The GPS unit I use mounts on the flash shoe. I doubt anybody >who doesn't own one would even notice it. Accurate. Cheap. > >IIRC both Lightroom and Nikon's software automatically plot >the locations on Google Maps. No street names at least I don't >think so. > >Time is set by the GPS if you set the camera setting for it.
Mine fits on the shoe and is very susceptible to damage of the shoe or the camera connector, and I would not leave it in situ in my cameras bag,it is very fiddly to fit on the move away from home. Most people carry a phone so why not use it as a tool, in a strange place with foreign names all it takes is one shot with the phone and everything for that shooting area is recorded in real terms, street names etc and tapping the snap also shows the photo location on a map immediately. There are a host of free tool apps available as well including DOF & dawn and dusk recorders. Actually Im not a phone geek and seldom use these things but its fair to point out how far the phone has come in a photographic sense..
As long as I have to carry my iPhone around I use it as the GPS tracker using GPS Stone. It captures my location all day long (even has a pretty route map you can print). I then download it into a folder by date and use HoudahGeo to open the file and send it to photos is Aperture. Don't think it works for LR. Very accurate giving you maps in Aperture that are accurate and you can even zoom into seeing the details of the site.
The tracker uses a lot of battery on the phone and works even when you have no cell coverage.
Talking about a grab shot, while driving up to the summit of Mauna Kea my friend ED spotted this snowman up ahead. I had my D800 at the ready and grabbed this image. D800, AFS16-35mm f4.0, 1/1250s@f18, 35mm, Programmed Matrix metering, WB 5,600.
I post processed with LightRoom 4, contrast +37, shadows +19, whites +12, blacks +56, clarity +18, vibrance -12, saturation +35, sharpening 25.
Hi. Thanks all ... my post turned out to be a commentary on just how good cell phone photos are today for internet or small print applications. I did use Matrix Metering hand held. If I were going for the money shot I would have used a tripod, manual exposure with spot metering where I would spot meter on the brightest snow where I wanted to retain texture, zero the exposure meter, then add two stops with shutter speed.