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Old 06-16-2004, 02:17 PM
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Question Time to lighten up!

This is a picture of my son Rick (his Capt, Lt, sniper, spotter and medic) taken last month in Afghanistan atop an 8800 ft peak on the Pakistan border. It was taken with a tiny digital camera and badly overexposed. I've gone about as far as I can go with it but would like to be able to get rid of some of the facial shadows and see the men more distinctly. Anyone?
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Old 06-16-2004, 02:52 PM
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If you have Photoshop CS you can use Image:Adjustments: Shadows/Highlights or a DavidJasek action based on Katrin Eismanns Fill Flash technique. David can be reached at davidjaseck@cs.com or you might find the action in one of the Actions websites. Either way, you'll probably have to mask the faces and paint the rest of the image with a low opacity black brush.

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Old 06-16-2004, 03:02 PM
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here's my take on it

which one is he ?
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Old 06-16-2004, 03:14 PM
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Rondon

Very nice! The eagle is a great touch. Rick is the one front-center with his arm across the rock outcropping.
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Old 06-16-2004, 03:40 PM
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Although the picture is very pixelated, I was able to get a little detail in the faces.

Converted to cmyk, copied the black channel and made it a new luminosity layer at 80%, masked out everything but the faces.

It only took a few minutes, I'm sure you will get better results.
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Old 06-16-2004, 04:44 PM
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Very nice...you're right about the photo being very pixelated. I think the camera was a 1.2 megapixel and the photo was sent as a jpg file to Hawaii (Rick's wife and kids). It took him 3 hours to send it from Kandahar where he had a 24-hour R&R. Thanks for the help.
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Old 06-16-2004, 04:53 PM
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Try the following to get a little light into the shadows.

1. Duplicate Image to a new layer.
2. Desaturate new layer.
3. Invert layer and set blend mode to soft light.
4. Apply layer mask, then using soft white brush paint onto mask in areas you wish lightening.
5. Adjust layer opacity to get appropriate amount of lightening.

This improved lighting on your posted image, but could not bring back facial detail in such a small image, however it should be effective on the full size image.

best of luck.
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Old 06-17-2004, 06:01 AM
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Gary

That worked really well...thank you ever so much for the "mini tutorial".
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Old 06-18-2004, 06:05 PM
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Am I missing something here Wayne?

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Old 06-18-2004, 07:18 PM
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If you are Dave, it passed me by too.
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