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Old 10-22-2005, 12:31 AM
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Underexposed: Can this be saved?

This is a crop of a photo which is as you see it. I can not post the whole picture as do not have permission to do so. The pic was taken and something must have been set wrong...they are important pictures taken by a father who does not get to see his daughters activities as the mother moved out of state to keep him and family from being part of their lives after a divorce.

He was able to visit them during school activity time and took quite a few pics of his daughters participating in sports events. This is how some of the most important pics turned out. Imagine the disappointment. Can anyone help get the color back into the pic? If it is possible to get someting returned to the pic, could you please post step by step so I can fix the others which are taken at this same event and one night event. Thanks for any help given on this process, Neb
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Old 10-22-2005, 01:46 AM
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The first shot is just autolevels in photoshop. The second is shadows and highlights in PS CS with the shadows set to 50/50/50 and colour correction 20.

Hopefully you will get better/less grainy results on the original - you can see a lot of jpg artifacting in these - as tends to happen when you radically alter the colours etc of a heavily compressed image. Any other grainyness you should be able to retouch out.
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Old 10-22-2005, 01:52 AM
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1. Adjusted Levels
2. Ran through Neat Image Demo to remove some of the noise
3. Took some of the blur off the basketball
4. Used a very small amount of smudging to even tone again, mainly on
wall boards
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Old 10-22-2005, 07:55 AM
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Thank you both very much , going to try this , so excited to see I can work to try and achieve some restoration . Do you think it will print a decent picture then? Neb
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Old 10-22-2005, 10:58 AM
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Here is what I have so far. I am so excited as this is the first time I have ever worked with the levels histogram , and to see what can be done is so wonderful! the reds are not just right, and need some work??


I am really new to photoshop..first time user , bought it in May, have a long way to go but I will achieve this task. Neb
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Old 10-22-2005, 11:03 AM
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Keep moving the white and grey sliders to the left a bit more. The grey slider will almost merge with the black slider
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Old 10-22-2005, 11:15 AM
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Here is what I get when I do that Cass. Can you tell what I might be doing wrong? Neb
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Old 10-22-2005, 11:16 AM
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looks like you need to pull back the white slider a little as in move it a little more to the right
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Old 10-22-2005, 11:26 AM
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Yes I looked closer at the post you did with the attachment. I hope it is ok to post the progress..is it ? Or is it too many posts?? Neb

Till told otherwise here it where it is now Better now hu??
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Old 10-22-2005, 11:50 AM
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Neb, some of these threads extend up to 7 pages. Heaps better Neb. To me I'd call that pretty well nailed
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