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Old 03-17-2008, 02:31 PM
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Question Flash shot of group fades to dark. How to improve?

I've been asked to help out with the attached image and several like it. (I think from now on I'll help out as the photographer!) It was taken with a compact digital camera, flash on, with predictable bad results. People in the foreground are somewhat underexposed, while everything beyond is REALLY underexposed. Any suggestions on how to approach this with Elements or Photoshop CS3 would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 03-17-2008, 03:01 PM
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Re: Flash shot of group fades to dark. How to impr

I would start by adding a levels adjustment layer, and pulling the sliders to the left.
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:05 PM
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Re: Flash shot of group fades to dark. How to impr

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Any suggestions on how to approach this with Elements or Photoshop CS3 would be greatly appreciated!
I added a single Curves adjustment layer as shown, with the blending mode set to Screen. That brought up a lot of the shadow detail without blowing out the highlights. (Obviously more work could be done; this is simply a 'proof-of-concept')
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:07 PM
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Re: Flash shot of group fades to dark. How to impr

Thanks. I'll give that a shot.
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:24 PM
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Re: Flash shot of group fades to dark. How to impr

You may want to use a gradient mask with curves adjustment so you don't overlighten the foreground.
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:00 PM
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Re: Flash shot of group fades to dark. How to impr

For this one, I duplicated the background layer, set it to Screen, then added a curves layer also set to screen. I then used Hawkeye60's suggestion for adding a black-to-white gradient in the curves mask (black at the bottom).

However, this really begins to show the artifacts in the shadows.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:21 PM
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Re: Flash shot of group fades to dark. How to impr

Hi there

The trouble will be the jpeg blocks and noise in the shadows... I just used a simple Brightness/contrast adjustment layer... two of them then used a gradient on the mask.

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Old 03-18-2008, 01:09 AM
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Re: Flash shot of group fades to dark. How to impr

And so we continue skinning the cat...

Great job, Butch!
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:29 AM
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Re: Flash shot of group fades to dark. How to impr

lol.. we are bored tonight...bet we could figure a few more ways to do it if we tried
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Re: Flash shot of group fades to dark. How to impr

Don't stop now! It's a great education. ;-)

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