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chillman Aug 11, 2010 1:16 PM

In need of help please!
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I have the image below which has a nasty lens flare in the middle left portion of the shot.

I'd be extremely grateful if anyone could have a go at removing the flare from the middle (I can crop out the bottom one) and explain how they did it.

I'm a bit new to PS and have been playing around with curve adjustment layers but had very little (aka no) success so far.

I want to do as little damage to the original as possible. While i've attached a low res jpeg below here is a link to the raw (CR2) file that I shot.

Link to Raw Version

Many thanks in advance if you can help me!!

Bynx Aug 12, 2010 1:13 AM

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Here is my go at it. This is the lo res version of your original raw file.

chillman Aug 12, 2010 2:50 AM

Bynx - how did you achieve that? i'd be very grateful if you could talk me through the workflow...

Bynx Aug 12, 2010 3:04 AM

Just the cloning tool for the flare in bottom corner. And I used the sponge on the big flare. I just dabbled a bit until it looked right. I have the large file if you want me to send it to you. After I finished and sent the lo res here I noticed the lamp on the right. There is a flare on it too making the black at the top look purple. You can treat that whole thing like a purple fringe. Use the Hue/Saturation and touch the purple with the eyedropper. Then desaturate until the color is gone. Then either lighten or darken to match its surroundings.

chillman Aug 12, 2010 5:42 AM

Bynx - many thanks for the explanation. i'll try and replicate! i've pm'd you with my email so you can send the high res version.

thanks again

simple Aug 14, 2010 2:20 PM

great work bynx once again :)

Pictus Aug 15, 2010 1:57 PM

Here the full size + a *very* small PSD that will show how to take care of the flare

shoturtle Aug 15, 2010 2:26 PM


this shot almost looks like a hdr rendition. You great improve the overexposure in the ski, and got it blue again.. Very nice job.

Bynx Aug 15, 2010 6:06 PM

Really nice job Pictus. Unfortunately doing more than the customer asks often just ends up costing you. From my experience there I just addressed the flare and kept the photo as close to original as possible. While I like your processing, Im not so keen on the soft focus you have given it. The sky you have dropped in - correct? Your version is still much better than the original. Im looking forward to looking at your psd file. Thanks.

simple Aug 15, 2010 11:44 PM

wow another great job ...... nice work pictus

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