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Old Aug 31, 2006, 1:19 AM   #1
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Hi! I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the correct spot or not - I was fishing with my husband and a friend last night, and my buddy caught a really nice musky - his first of the year. I took a picture, and would like to frame it to give it to him for part of his wedding present - (comming up in 2 weeks), but the picture came out so dark! Any ideas on how I can make this into a better picture? Also, which picture do you like better? Thanks in advance!

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Melissa,

I added a bit more to the fine effort paniolo made.

I used the levels command in PhotoShop Elements (about $70-100) to lighten the faces and also lightened the shadows more than the background so the faces stood out more without totally blowing the background.

Adjusted the contrast a bit higher to give more details in the faces. Used the skin tones adjustment to make the faces more natural and finally sharpened the image slightly.

Obviously with more time and perhaps the original image the job could be even better. Hope this helps.

One of the ways to cure this problem in the future when taking shots against a bright background is to force your flash to fill in light. Your camera may have this feature. Yes, I know in the heat of the moment I forget to do so many times and end up with shots like yours. Photoshop to the rescue.

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Old Aug 31, 2006, 8:12 AM   #6
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Thanks for the help, guys! I did try to use the fill flash, but I was using my FZ7 instead of my FZ20, and I'm still not very familar with that camera. I tried a couple of times, but then we had to get the fish back in the water. Both edits look much better than the original - now you can actually see who caught the fish! Thanks!
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hi ride this is my try. hope you like.
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Alex and boily - thanks for your edits! I love how you both made the sky more blue - looks very nice! May I ask how you did that?

Thanks again-

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I only played with the shaddow/highligh tool in photoshop cs !!
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