Re: Removing white spots (a TON) from a dark photo
A little late perhaps, but I ran across this image and it reminded me of a technique that I picked up from Eismann's book. It works well on uniformly sized, very small light specks on a a dark background or very small dark specks on a light background - and it takes all of 5 seconds to do. Create a duplicate layer and set the blend mode to darken for light specks, set it to lighten for dark ones. Then, with the select tool, click on the duplicate image and move it 1 pixel up, down, left or right with the arrow keys. The effect is dramatic and instant and drastically reduces what you need to work with, making your next move/filter/technique more effective and leaving only the larger spots to deal with. Also, since you're only moving 1 pixel, I can usually live with any softening of the image - and you can always mask the faces and paint back the original detail. I have found the direction you move the image is important - sometimes moving 1 pixel up works better than 1 pixel down. You can experiment and see which direction works best. Also, Eismann recommends moving in two directions, such as 1 down and 1 right for a better offset. In sharper images, the softening is not nearly as noticeable. Just a thought.