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  • #615
    veruca
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    So here’s something I kind of suck at. I handed my camera off to someone to shoot a photo of me and my buddies here http://www.yelley.com/PICT3070.JPG (huge original) and had just set everything to manual so anyone could take the photos. Well, I forgot to compensate for the light from behind.

    How would the greater farktography community fix this photo? Inputs and suggestions all very welcome!

    #5263
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    That’s a tough one. What I did (and I am by no means an expert, and this was a quick fix–there are probably better ways to handle this) was to go into curves and boost the low end quite a lot. Unfortunately that also boosted the noise, so I ran a selective Gaussian blur to smooth out some of that noise. I uploaded the pic to my Flickr account–let me know if you want me to take it down. I don’t have a pro account, so this is just the biggest size available, not the original. I can email you the edited original if you want it, just let me know. Hopefully someone with more extensive knowledge of Photoshop/GIMP can help out!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/65365136@N00/189052854/

    #5265
    veruca
    Participant

    Thanks Elsinore! I tried the curves just a bit but didn’t try the gaussian blur – will definitely try it out. I like what you did and would be just heartbroken if that photo didn’t come out.

    #5264
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    Just make sure to use the selective Gaussian blur (if Photoshop has it–I’m using GIMP) and not a regular Gaussian blur, which will produce an overall blurring effect rather than leaving edges intact. It’s a nice tool to reduce noise, though it can take awhile to crunch the numbers and spit out the results on a large photo. I used a blur radius of 3 and a max delta of 45, but those numbers can be adjusted to suit your taste in the final result. You can also just run the picture through Noise Ninja or Neat Image after you get it lightened to where you need it. Good luck with it!

    #5266
    idle_hands
    Participant

    great smiles!

    quick fix attempt here

    http://www.pbase.com/image/63475728

    duplicate layer > run adjustment shadow/highlight. colour balance was (imho) irredeemable. best solution: convert to b&w with channel mixer.

    #5267
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    Oh that looks nice! I always forget about converting to b&w…

    #5268
    veruca
    Participant

    great smiles!

    quick fix attempt here

    http://www.pbase.com/image/63475728

    duplicate layer > run adjustment shadow/highlight. colour balance was (imho) irredeemable. best solution: convert to b&w with channel mixer.

    you’re right – that will work perfectly! thanks mags.

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