A popular adjustment made to photographs in postproduction is typically a curves adjustment to influence the shadows and highlights. Your Olympus EM Series camera can offer the ability to add a curves adjustment in camera. In this movie, author Richard Harrington demonstrates how to add a curves adjustment as you take your images.
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- A very popular adjustment that's made to images in post-production is typically a curve adjustment, and oftentimes people will adjust the curve to really influence the shadows and the highlights in the scene. This is a great way to lift up the shadows or push them further down to darken them, as well as really control the highlights. And it really depends upon what you're shooting. Sometimes if I'm shooting outdoors, I'll recover the highlights and bring those down a bit, and then lift the shadows so they don't get muddy. This is useful in sunlight. Other times, such as now while shooting in a studio environment, I might wanna lift the highlights out of the shadows, and push the shadows back down so the background stays nice and rich and black.
Now, by default, this is typically mapped to your multi-function button. But if not, you can control that with the menus. If I press that button here, this'll bring up a gamma curve. Using the different dials, you can control things. For example, maybe I want to recover the highlights a little bit. You see that the brighter areas of the picture here are being boosted or recovered. If you want to reset, just press and hold the OK button, and it goes back to a straight linear curve. In this case, I'm going to bring the shadows down a little bit so they get nice and rich, a really intense black.
And I'm going to apply as slight recovery to the highlights, not quite a strong. That looks good. And you see that we have nice, rich blacks, and we've avoided our highlights getting blown out or clipping. By using that gamma curve, we really had precise control. Now, depending upon what you're shooting, you may find yourself changing that in different scenarios. Remember, pressing and holding the OK button will quickly reset things. In this case, you notice that the black shifted quite a bit higher.
If you were shooting outdoors, you might decide to actually lift those blacks. Maybe the shadows were getting muddy a bit. And instead, recover the highlights fully to prevent clipping. Remember, you can always do additional work in post-production, but this gamma curve is quite versatile and really lets you dial in the exact details that you want for both the shadows and the highlights. In this studio environment, I like a nice, rich black shadow and a slight recovery to the highlight, but you might prefer it being a little bit brighter, and you see how you can easily make a change that affects the overall scene.
The primary benefit of using a curve is that it's very natural. Unlike a levels adjustment or something that's very strong, curves have a gentle shape to them. So, you'll see a natural roll-off between the shadows and the highlights.
In this course Richard Harrington and Rhed Pixel demonstrate a set of customization strategies aimed at making your EM series camera far more responsive. They show you how to master the exposure by modifying ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. They take you through several specialty shooting modes including Bulb, Art Filter, panoramic, and 3d mode. In addition to showing you how to get the most out of the in-camera settings, they show you how to control the camera remotely, connect the camera to Wi-Fi, record video, and more.
Get ready to go beyond the factory settings and make shooting with your Olympus EM-D series camera faster and more responsive with this collection of settings and customizing tips.
- Modifying focus points
- Setting a custom white balance
- Building lens kits
- Adding flashes, grips, and remote cable releases
- Adjusting exposure settings and locking exposure
- Shooting with specialty shooting modes
- Connecting your camera to Wi-Fi
- Recording video and attaching an external microphone