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Offline Yukon77

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Flat images
« on: June 07, 2018, 01:39:33 AM »
Dear All,

I’m new in DSLR technology, but I’ve been using digital Didge cameras for over 15 years. I recently bought a second-hand 550D with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. My first attempt turn up being flat compared to the ones I made with my Fuji X-s1
Do I need to change something on the setup of the camera? (sharpness colour etc…)
Or it is down to the lens?
Any thought would be helpful.

Offline AndyCivil

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Re: Flat images
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2018, 11:12:29 PM »
Well there are three things here that I can think of:
  • A used camera always has the possibility to be defective or imperfect in some way, because if there's a 'lemon', but it still works, selling it is the best way out.
  • You should be aware that the sharpness settings affect the mapping of the RAW image to the JPEG, they don't affect how the image is taken. Are you using the RAW? If so, the settings won't affect it.
  • Point-and-shoot cameras want to be chosen in stores, so they use artificial enhancements by default. People tend to pick the camera that produces the most awesome image of the store interior, not the most faithful image. DSLR users are more likely to start with a faithful RAW image, and use a program like LightRoom to choose how much contrast & colour enhancement they want... so the initial showing might indeed seem a bit 'flat', just like real life!

Offline Yukon77

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Re: Flat images
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2018, 04:32:07 AM »
Hi Andy,

Thanks for the thoughts. I do use raw pics as well as jpg. Current set up is doing both at the same time. I have lightroom to modify but looks like I will need some practice to do before I will reach the similar results.