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Old 07-29-2007, 03:15 AM
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Re: Help Fixing Overexposed Photo

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Hello Forum!

I'm a newbie to the forum and also photography (1 year). I am quite challenged when photographing anything white.

In this case, I recently photographed a family. They wore white shirts and blue jeans. In most of the photos the white shirts are blown out / overexposed. Someone told me if the color reads 255 255 255 then there is no hope to fix.

I stumbled across this forum and saw the great work of the experts so I thought I'd try my luck and hopefuly you guys can help me out so I don't have to do a reshoot.

I shot these photos in both JPEG and RAW. I use Photoshop CS2 and new user of Lightroom.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
Hi AJ,

Whoever gave you that info is quite correct - burn outs, or blow outs carry no information.

Remember that the sun is your enemy , or it can be your friend as well. In the standing image, you have the family in the shade, I would have stood where they were and had the family stand where you were. Try out some filters i.e. polarising filter, which can be extremely useful in bright sun conditions.

Both images had a strong red colour cast. I've tried to improve them a little, but I think the blow outs might ruin the printed image - try it anyway, you might find that a larger image reduces them a little.
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Old 07-29-2007, 06:08 AM
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Re: Help Fixing Overexposed Photo

Hi photoze34,

Since you shot in RAW, I'd convert again and address the blown out areas. You can convert twice, once for the whites and again for the rest. With those two layers you can mask in where necessary.

That said, desat'ing the whites on this jpg makes the blown out less glaring. I also would add a little magenta to the greens and remove a little magenta from the blues. I tried it and it looks better to me, but since I didn't address the problems with the blown out skin, I didn't post the results.

Good luck
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:51 PM
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Re: Help Fixing Overexposed Photo

Thanks for your feedback and great suggestions. I shot these with a Nikon D200.

All the best,
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