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Old 08-01-2012, 07:05 PM
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Please HELP! Lens Flare GONE BAD

Any way to remove the HORRIBLE lens flare on the attached photo? Just trying see if I can salvage the photo. Thanks so much for any suggestions.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:07 PM
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Re: Please HELP! Lens Flare GONE BAD

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Old 08-01-2012, 07:18 PM
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Re: Please HELP! Lens Flare GONE BAD

Sorry. attached. thank you!
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:14 PM
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Re: Please HELP! Lens Flare GONE BAD

Nice family picture. I can see why you hope to recover it.

Are you looking for advice on how to fix this yourself (a learning opportunity) or for folks to take a shot at fixing it? Your answer will help focus replies.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:55 PM
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Re: Please HELP! Lens Flare GONE BAD

Thanks so much. And I guess I'd love a little bit of both? But most importantly, would love for some folks to take a shot at fixing it. I'm just at a loss, to be honest. Thank you!
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:36 AM
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Re: Please HELP! Lens Flare GONE BAD

This is a quick hack (obviously incomplete) to give you some ideas... (Full disclosure: doing recovery of this nature is definitely not my strong suit, so take the following with a grain of salt...)

When faced with "repairing" sections of photos one approach is to identfy non-damaged places near and similar to the area(s) to be recovered. Then "harvest" the ok places (using various methods) and use the ok pieces to replace/cover up the damaged areas. This can be a fairly easy fix (by 'easy' I mean accomplished fairly quickly) if we're talking, say, textured areas such as grass or non-detailed areas like a cloudless sky, but not so easy with areas of important detail such as faces or clothing. If there happen to be more than one photo of the subject matter, sometimes if similar enough one can harvest "good sections" from photo B and splice them into damaged photo A.

I used Photoshop; the following could work if you're using Elements (depending on version).

In the attached example...
* Tall guy in the back row. See how one side of his face is pretty much OK? I used the Lasso tool to draw a rough selection around "his good side" and created a new layer from the selection. Then used the Free Transform command to "flip it horizontally" and position the section. Added a "hide all" layer mask and painted white on the mask to "reveal" what I wanted to show. You lucked out on this fellow. He was facing the camera. Had he been standing at an angle this would not have been an option.
* Man in front row. Used a similar tactic on his shirt. Pretty ragged, but you get the idea. If I were to continue, I'd use part of his "good eye glasses" to start repair on flared side.

Sorry unable to do full repair (that would take more time than I have), but hope this gets you started.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:20 PM
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Re: Please HELP! Lens Flare GONE BAD

Thank you so much for your help!!! I greatly appreciate it.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:59 PM
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Re: Please HELP! Lens Flare GONE BAD

Here's my attempt on this restore. I only spent about 30 minutes on it so it isn't perfect. I mainly just used the paint brush and painted over the top of the lens flare areas on a new layer.
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Old 08-02-2012, 03:27 PM
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Re: Please HELP! Lens Flare GONE BAD

Here is another try.
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:10 PM
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Re: Please HELP! Lens Flare GONE BAD

Thanks so much all for trying to fix this image. I sincerely appreciate it!
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