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Old 2011-12-13, 8:56am
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Most of my photos look like the second one, but I'd love to know what I did to get the first one. I just took the picture like I usually do. I have a Sony DSC-W150 and I have it set to automatic. It's more than just the flash going off.

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Old 2011-12-13, 9:07am
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If you can look at the exif information you can get an idea what parameters your camera used.
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Old 2011-12-13, 10:10am
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For what it's worth, I like the second picture better, even though the background doesn't read as white. The beads in the first picture look a little overblown...too much light. It would only take 2 or 3 clicks in photoshop to get your background white on the second picture.

If you aren't opposed to me fiddling around with it, I'd like to give it a go.

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Old 2011-12-13, 10:54am
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Sure Mary. Methinks it is time for me to purchase Photoshop ...
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Old 2011-12-13, 1:34pm
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I agree with Mary, I like the second one better. The colors look washed out in the first.
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Old 2011-12-13, 4:17pm
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first picture is obviously overexposed by a few stops. This happens on my Nikon when I use the center spot metering mode. I usually use the metering mode that takes the average of X number of spots spread across the whole frame instead.
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Old 2011-12-14, 3:18pm
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Hi Liz. It could be even better with some fine tuning...but here it is fresh from photoshop where all I did was adjust the levels and take out the blue tinge from only the white area. Took 3 clicks.
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Old 2011-12-14, 3:46pm
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Thanks everyone. Maybe Santa will bring me photoshop. I've been a very good girl.
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I know how to adjust the levels, but how do you take the blue tinge out of the white background with photoshop?

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