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[Post-production Tutorial] Editing night shot
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DJI-Tim
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It is not easy to take a good photo in the low light conditions, and the colors doesn't seem to be very juicy
So today I would like to share with you what colour adjustments do I do with my night shots:
First of all, let's take any picture that was shot at night.
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We have a lot of dark aerias and the colors are flat, so let import it into the Lightroom
Since our image is underexposed what we have to do is to pull the shadows up and highlights down.
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To make the colors more juicy i used Color adjustments
So two basic colors of this image are yellow and blue, I added a bit of saturation into those colors QQ图片20151223205628.jpg QQ图片20151223205646.jpg

So now it looks more colorful.
I  set the image tint to the Green added saturation and literally brushed the trees on a bottom of the so now they look green but not black. QQ图片20151223205611.jpg
Of course after all that operation my image is pretty noisy, so I had to denoise the whole image before the export.
Here is the result:
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I didn't made any major changes but it let the image look naturally better.
Welcome to share your night shots here


2015-12-23
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mana.ram.1974
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Thank, I need this info!
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Barney Rubbel
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Holy Cow. Nice job. I'm lucky to work well between Contrast & Brightness! Sometimes the tint, but that's truly amazing. Nice work!

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Good work!
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michael17
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Which editing program is this?
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DJI-Tim
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michael17 Posted at 2015-12-25 05:00
Which editing program is this?

Adobe Lightroom
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Bobcat90
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Thanks, Tim.   I was actually hoping you would do a short presentation for night photos.  You made my day.
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No editing skills what so ever here
I still enjoy night flying (Which will be banned here on January 1 :/ )
Here's one from my P2 last christmas
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[RCG]Balthazar Posted at 2015-12-25 13:20
No editing skills what so ever here
I still enjoy night flying (Which will be banned here on Janu ...

Nice shot. In Spain it already is
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daviskw2004
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Light pollution robs us of the beauty of the night sky. So for fun I used Photopill to take a milky way shot in a dark area of Missouri. Then the next night i used my quad and Photopills again to align and time the exact same shot of my little towns City Hall...  I then combined them to show what would be seen without the light pollution.

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daviskw2004 Posted at 2015-12-25 15:11
Light pollution robs us of the beauty of the night sky. So for fun I used Photopill to take a milky  ...

Below is our little plaza from above the City hall.



And across the street our train station a little blown out.



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There you go from casinoland in Asia

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SkySurfer
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Great Night pics guys

But...

Can anyone PLEASE share with us Nooobs ( or boobs ) your camera settings

This would be great info to start with

Thx again for your time and for sharing

Enjoy and Fly Safe
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DJI-Tim
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SkySurfer Posted at 2015-12-27 07:32
Great Night pics guys

But...

There is no such a formula of the camera settings. correct the exposure with ISO settings and shutter speed.  Also use histogram to know more about your image exposure.
http://forum.dji.com/thread-35998-1-1.html
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SkySurfer Posted at 2015-12-26 17:32
Great Night pics guys

But...

I was taking video...or at least it was my main purpose. I had the histogram up and when I switched to photo the default settings presented an acceptable photo according to the histogram. Normally I would start with the auto settings then alter the settings in manual according to the circumstances, mostly noise reduction balanced against exposure requirements, and then bracket if the histogram did not look acceptable. The lights of the train station are blown and if it was the purpose of my shoot I would have bracketed that shot.. hope this helps.

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Tim,
Nicely explained workflow. I noticed your white balance was on the cool side. I always start there with the process as I find the Phantom Camera tends to the cool side. Try moving the slider to a different setting before changing the colors. Or if you can find a neutral gray or white place use the eyedropper. Thanks for all the tips!
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Great tip Tim

Thanks

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SkyOptics
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Graduated ND filter then a bit of P/Shop processing.


Image removed, wrong forum, oops!



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SkyOptics Posted at 2015-12-28 07:52
Graduated ND filter then a bit of P/Shop processing.

Looks awesome. I wonder if you made it out of 2 images (land+sky)
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I'm using an Ipad to edit my night shots. The "Clarity" filter of the Camera + app is especially useful and so are the extra filter packs.

Detroit at night

Edit: You can zoom in...quite far...
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computerfix@gma Posted at 2015-12-28 12:44
I'm using an Ipad to edit my night shots. The "Clarity" filter of the Camera + app is especially use ...

great way to get some crispy photos!
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DJI-Tim Posted at 2015-12-28 02:25
Looks awesome. I wonder if you made it out of 2 images (land+sky)

Hi Tim, no it wasn't combined it was a single exposure using graduated ND. However I just realised this is posted in the P3 forum and it was shot on an Inspire, so I'll remove it. Sorry!
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SkyOptics Posted at 2015-12-28 18:39
Hi Tim, no it wasn't combined it was a single exposure using graduated ND. However I just realised ...

That's cool
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