I am only a novice photographer, but am trying to get better results than I used to with just a compact digital camera. I am using a Nikon D50, in this case with a 18-55 zoom lens and a UV filter. I am shooting at maximum res. and quality because I have a big memory card so what the heck.
This is the kind of shot that is frustrating the heck out of me. This was taken in the afternoon down the beach from the Torry Pines glider port. The problem is that the subject on this day looked gorgeous through the viewfinder, but the pictures are coming out looking much hazier than I remember it being. Is this a filter issue, a settings issue? Or is it just normal under certain light conditions? And is there anything in post-processing (e.g. photoshop) that I can do to get rid of some of the haziness? On the latter note, I played around with contrast and color saturation but couldn't get anything that looked natural. [click on thumbnail below to see larger version]
Update: I played around with this link in the comments, and got this, which is OK but I introduced some noise, but with some practice I got better.
After practicing, I tried it with my photos out the window of the London Eye and saw a great improvement, with before and after below:
Nothing substitutes, of course, for taking the right picture with the right initial settings at the right time of day, something I need a lot of practice on.
On the upside, I took some closeups of flowers that just looked gorgeous: