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Old 09-06-2007, 04:19 PM
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Need help with dark image

Well My friend asked me to restore this photo for her I am pretty good at most stuff but I am having a real problem with this one. It is really driving me nuts. So I figured I would ask for help! She said she thought maybe a black background would look good. But I am sure if we can save this picture she would be grateful as it means alot to her. Her flash died this night so camera malfunction. So any help or advice would be just grateful. thank you!

Ok a couple of replies down you will find the larger picture!
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:44 PM
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Re: Need help with dark image

Hard to work something out with such a small shot. is there a larger version available?

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Old 09-06-2007, 04:48 PM
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Re: Need help with dark image

Thank you Chris I know it is so small maybe you can help me upload a bigger picture. When I hit attachment it said 100k or smaller. I tried a bunch desizing things and this is what I got. Is there an easier way. Thank you so very much!
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Old 09-06-2007, 05:26 PM
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Re: Need help with dark image

Ok I think it worked!
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Old 09-06-2007, 06:52 PM
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Re: Need help with dark image

That appears to be an enlargement of the thumbshot. Too low a resolution and poor quality to do much with. Do you not have the original?
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Old 09-06-2007, 07:47 PM
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Re: Need help with dark image

I have a couple of suggestions. The 1st is to apply a noise filter like Noiseware to remove the color noise you will get when you lighten an underexposed image. What you will get are the bears against an almost black background. If you do not mind that effect (and it actually doesn't look too bad) just adjust the brightness and the color of the bears using a Hue Sat adj layer perhaps to make them less yellow.
If you are determined to have your subject appear on the snow as if it were closer to daylight, don't try to brighten the snow - it won't really work. Instead, duplicate the image after noise reduction, invert the whole image and add a layer mask. Then just paint the bears back in on the layer mask. Finally apply a hue sat adj to adjust the brightness and tweak the color of the animals. Here is a 10 second example where I did a rough brush around the bears leaving some of the orig background. If you spend 5 mins you could trace around them precisely.
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:35 PM
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Re: Need help with dark image

Why fight it! The image has the makings of a nice Black & White.
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:58 PM
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Duwayne, I agree withthe "why fight it" comment and definitely like what you have done as well.
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Old 09-06-2007, 09:35 PM
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Re: Need help with dark image

i like both of your solutions. hadnt thought of the inversion and the black and white is a nice choice.
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Old 09-06-2007, 09:49 PM
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Re: Need help with dark image

Oh thank you for all the Ideas. Duwayne did you JUST turn this to B and W or did you do other stuff to give more detail? I thought I would try both and show them to her then let her choose which she liked!
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