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Old 02-14-2006, 06:13 PM
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Simply looking at the image it appears that too much contrast was applied. The histogram also points to an over compression. It is likely that your camera's contrast setting was set too high. A large part of the faces have been blown out so I agree with Craig that it would same some work to restore some detail and texture. However, you can bring the image into a more acceptable range and restore color in the blown out areas.
I converted the image to LAB and flatten the Lightness channel by moving the 100 point end of the curve to 94 and the 0 end of the curve to 6. You wll still have a straight line. More flattening will reduce contrast and effectively reduce the saturation. To restore some color in the blown out ares, add a new blank layer. With the eyedropper, sample a good color which is just adjacent to the blown out area. Using a soft brush, paint over the blown out areas. Then change the layer's blend mode to color. Brushing color back into a white space in this manner is only possible in LAB color space.
I have attached a sample that took 2 minutes to do.
Regards, Murray
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Old 02-14-2006, 08:27 PM
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duplicate layer, change blend mode to color.
on background layer (original image) use the channel mixer, red channel, reduce red and increase blue.
on background layer, (original image) use a curves adjustment, rgb = reduce highlight end of curve, red = s curve, green = opposite curve as used in rgb, blue = opposite curve as used in rgb.

I saved an action ->
and a bigger jpeg with a swiss cheese maske to show original in holes ->

I like the noel carboni version a little better - the logo on her shirt came out and the highlights on the faces are a better hue - but figured I'd post something that wouldn't take too long using only the built-in CS stuff. Mainly adjustment layers. If all images had the exact same problem in theory this action might work for them
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Old 02-15-2006, 01:39 PM
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I duplicated the layer and looked through the channels to try to pick out the ones with most info. In the faces I burned into the blue channel and for the clothing into the green channel. I then set the layer to luminocity blend. I created a new layer set on color blend and colored in the sections I had burned. I applied a little blur where necessary and ran USM on the lumiocity layer. I didn't color correct which would probably be best on the original layer.
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Old 02-15-2006, 05:35 PM
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Thank you

Hey, a big fat thank you to all of you who's efforts have helped me with my images. I hope to have my photography skills up to par someday soon. Until then, I am learning new tricks to salvage what I would have normally deleted, and I sincerely appreciate your help.

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Old 02-16-2006, 11:49 AM
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Shoot RAW next time if you can also. That will save you a lot of headaches...
If your camera has RAW and you have cardds.. Shoot RAW for sure!!
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Old 02-18-2006, 01:42 AM
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I've never shot RAW b4, but I'll give it a try..thanks
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