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Old 07-25-2006, 10:10 AM
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Overexposed "Must Have" photo

While shooting a wedding, I had my assistant do a college reunion photo shoot for me. The college rep knew it would be my assistant and not me. As I viewed the images later, small groups were fine but the "all classes" photos are horrible. I don't think they can be saved but this is the main shot that the college wanted and I have to give them something usable or I can kiss any future jobs from them goodbye. She did the small groups in the shade. Because of the numbers, she took the larger group into the commons area which was pretty blasted by the afternoon sunlight. Using the "auto" mode, the camera had to have read the shadows for exposure and now all the white hair, white shirts and bare skin have nothing.

I've tried several techniques that have worked in the past but the photos were nothing like this. All you pros out there --- HELP!!!

Lynell
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Old 07-25-2006, 10:35 AM
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hi Lynell,

Unfortunately there are areas that are totally blown out, and there is no info to recover, the pic below is as good as I can get it.

I take it there's no possibility of taking a re-shoot.
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Old 07-25-2006, 10:42 AM
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I wish a reshoot was possible but no such luck.........
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Old 07-25-2006, 10:44 AM
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Gary,

What were the steps you used in your example? I can give it a try on this end.

Thanks.
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Old 07-25-2006, 11:12 AM
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Hi There

There are a lot of blown out areas. You will need to use some of your other pictures for reference. Add texture and color back into the clothes from other pictures. I quickly found some concrete to add as walk… not very good but with time you could do better. I used selective color and a cloud render layer for the sky and to make it look like there is a roof. Otherwise with time you can at least make it presentable.

Butch
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Old 07-25-2006, 11:15 AM
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Lynell, as Gary has pointed out, a large percent of the image has blown out area where there is absolutely no detail. So it depends how much you want to do. I did a very sloppy job to show you what could be done in 5 minutes. You can take the image a long way if you want to put in some time.

First duplicate the layer and set the blend mode to multiply to restore some density in the areas where detail / color still exist. Next convert the image from RGB to LAB color mode. LAB will allow you to force some color into the completely blown out areas. To do this, add a blank layer and change the Blend mode to color. Sample a skin color either from the image or your color picker and paint into someone's face. Similarly paint over clothing with different colors. This will help make the image look better. If you have lots of time you can actually do skin grafting and clothes grafting from other images but this would be very time consuming.
Other things you can do would be to paste in a new sky and driveway. In this 5 min example I just filled the driveway in with gray and added some noise.

When you are all done. flatten the image and return it to RGB.
Good luck with the work,
Regards, Murray
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Old 07-25-2006, 11:47 AM
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Oops

OOOOOPS.... you burned some....

All the info I could get (good and bad) is there!
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Old 07-25-2006, 11:51 AM
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Hi Lynell.

Image > Adjust > Equalize.
Noise added to blown out areas
Swampy’s Sky tutorial used on the sky and path
Layer set to colour to paint out the pink introduced by equalize
Levels to darken the grass

You should be able to get a decent result from a raw image as it won’t have the compression problems of the posted image.
My picture could be improved by cloning out more of the artefacts and more time spent on the roof but this may not be necessary on the raw file.

Hope this helps.

Ken.
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Old 07-25-2006, 03:08 PM
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hi Lynell,

Didn't do too much.

Duplicated image, set new layer blend to multiply.

New levels adjustment layer, took the input centre pointer to the right to darken a little, then adjusted the white pointer on the output slider to reduce the intensity of the whites a touch.

As others have already done, it may be possible to select a suitable sky and insert it. Look for one that is similar to the conditions on the day, one that is too blue will stick out like a sore thumb if you don't get the masking perfect.

Ditto with the drive, although getting the texture right there will be difficult.

Good luck with your image.

Gary
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Old 07-25-2006, 03:10 PM
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Ken, good move! I keep forgetting how useful this seldom used adjustment is. The only problem is it is adding color somewhat randomly to those areas that have none and I suspect on a higher resolution image it might not look as good. It may also make it more difficult to colorize if that is the intent. In will try an experiment on a similar hi res raw file I have that has been oe'd.
Regards, Murray
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