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Old Feb 5, 2007, 8:03 PM   #1
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I "shot this picture" in .jpg. Hard lightning conditions someone could argue. Well I like this picture. The problem is - you can see for yourself - blown out areas. (Not very surprising of course)

The picture as it is has no PP, not even highlighting. But i know it´s not enough. There simply isn´t enough data.

I want to learn how to deal with this in Photoshop (CS2 preferably). Can you help me?
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Old Feb 6, 2007, 4:51 AM   #2
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hi mate

if you want foreground pressence then unfortunately the backing is likely to blow out.

You could try a combination of fil flash to gain foreground pressence and higher shutter to balance backing but then its a game of trial and error

i would be inclined to use bracket exposure mode, maybe set @ 1stop intervals, and see where that leaves you

set the cam up on a tripod so they are taking identical shots and take one shot metering the foreround and then another metering the backing

using cs2 you can generate a hdr shoot using the useful data from both the foregroound and background shoots.

or you could just layer the 2 shots together and use a gradient mask to merge one into the other.

I quite like the shot with a bit of flarring in it. In this case i think the right amount actualy adds presence to the shot. In refernce to this shot you can try the shaodow and highlight feature in cs2 to try to gain back any highlight details. U can also balance the shadows to create a smaller range giving the illusion that the highligts arent really that blown.

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Old Feb 6, 2007, 12:49 PM   #3
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Hi Ken,

Great advice and PS tips. I´ll try bracketing and using layers, also work with the hdr technique.

Very deep software, Photoshop. Just paddling on the surface...

Thank you, mate

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Hi,

how is this one????
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Old Feb 7, 2007, 8:35 AM   #5
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mcliu,

Thanks. It´s (the way I want it), or rather even better than I could imagine. How did you _do_ that?

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I wouldn't change a thing, the first is cool and the second is awesome.
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i had a go with a technique i use but couldnt better the result, with such harsh brightness and dark its not possible to do better real


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I like mcliu's effect in that particular image. And I agree that the flare in the original is fine for that photo.

This is a pure Photoshop tweak. I actually like the original better, but it does some of what you originally seemed to want.

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Hi,

Thank you all,

Ken,
mcliu,
pagerboy,
Gary,
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(I have a couple of hundreds of pictures like this - I´ll work with them one day remembering your posts)

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Hi,

Thank you all,

Ken,
mcliu,
pagerboy,
Reanimator,
Gary,
Slipe



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(I have a couple of hundreds of pictures like this - I´ll work with them one day remembering your posts)

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