Adjusting Exposure with Scene Balance

As with Enhance, the Scene Balance window shows you a before-and-after image of your photo. You can zero in on problem areas, and compare your corrections to the original. Nothing's set in stone until you save the file.

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When Cropping Problems Crop Up

Remember that cropping always shrinks your photos. Remove too many pixels, and your photo may end up too small (that is, with a resolution too low to print or display properly).

Here's an example: Say you start with a 1600 x 1200 pixel photo. Ordinarily, that's large enough to be printed as a high-quality, standard 8 x 10 portrait. Then you go in and crop the shot. Now the composition is perfect, but your photo measures only 800 x 640 pixels. You've tossed out nearly a million and a half pixels.

The photo no longer has a resolution (pixels per inch) high enough to produce a top-quality 8 x 10. The printer is forced to blow up the photo to fill the specified paper size, producing visible, jaggy-edged pixels in the printout.

The 800 x 640 pixel version of your photo would make a great 4 x 5 print (if that were even a standard size print), but pushing the print's size up further noticeably degrades the quality.

Therein lies a significant advantage of using a high-resolution digital camera (5 or 6 megapixels, for example). Because each shot starts out with such a high resolution, you can afford to shave away a few hundred thousand pixels and still have enough left over for good-sized, high-resolution prints.

Moral of the story: Know your photo's size and intended useand don't crop out more photo than you can spare.

Figure 9-4. EasyShare's Enhance button launches this window, which shows a "before" (left side) and "after" (right side) glimpse of your photo. If you're happy with the suggested improvements, then click the Accept button.

Photos commonly have one (or more) of three exposure problems. EasyShare's Scene Balance feature gives you a separate slider to adjust each (Figure 9-5 ):

• The entire photo is either over-exposed or under-exposed . The Exposure slider lets you make your picture darker (left) or brighter (right).

• The shadow areas are too dark . If parts of your photo appear almost black and there's no definition, then the Shadow slider can lighten them and bring out more detail.

• The highlight areas are too bright . When the lightest areas are blown out by a whitish glare, dragging the Highlight slider to the left tones them down and, hopefully, reveals more definition.

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Reasonable care has been taken to ensure that the information presented in this book is  accurate. However, the reader should understand that the information provided does not constitute legal, medical or professional advice of any kind.

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