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Old 12-03-2009, 01:55 PM
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Washed out wedding cake

I have come a long ways I think in this photo from where it started. But I still think the wedding cake in the forground is just too washed out and over powering.

Any suggestions on how to fix the cake?

Thanks,
Brad
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:01 PM
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Re: Washed out wedding cake

You could try to use the Shadows/Highlights command on huge settings, but that won't recover every least bit of the cake as it is to blown out.
Anyhow, after that your chances are better that you can find parts to clone from or if that doesn't work, try to find another similar cake and compose it into the image.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:05 PM
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Re: Washed out wedding cake

It's very hard to fix what you cannot see.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:47 PM
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Re: Washed out wedding cake

But one can see the pole coming out of the brides head.

I hope that the photographer did shoot a photo of the cake alone, maybe you can work that in. I used to do that when I did weddings.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:50 PM
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Re: Washed out wedding cake

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It's very hard to fix what you cannot see.
Pretty much sums it up. Look at the individual channels and see if there is any info at all...probably not. Other than the suggestion of overpowering shadow/highlight settings, its a frivolous venture to try and fix that specific cake.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:57 PM
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Re: Washed out wedding cake

I opened the photo in ACR, and it looks like it's totally blown out. I pulled the exposure down to -4.0 and pulled up recovery to 100%, and still detail was missing.
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:28 PM
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Re: Washed out wedding cake

Hello

I fixed photo and add new wedding cake.
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:12 PM
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Re: Washed out wedding cake

Okay here is what I came out with. How can it be improved?

The customer request was to simply remove the creases.

Thanks,
Brad
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:05 PM
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Re: Washed out wedding cake

Wow. Considering the starting the point I think you did a pretty good job pulling what you could out of there. I think it will be pretty simple to explain that other than replacing the cake entirely, this is the best that can be done.
Overall not bad I would just work on getting the tones a little better, mostly in the skin and hair. Its a little on the yellow side.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:57 PM
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Re: Washed out wedding cake

Brad, if you are trying to restore it, I think your first After image is more in the right direction than this last one you posted. The original image is in pretty good shape in the areas that matter - the bride and groom's faces / hair. Forgeting about the fold marks, damaged tux, and a few other flaws, I would first make an overall color correction to remove the blue cast caused by the lighting. Next I would run a noise filter to remove the color noise and some of the luminosity noise. Increase the contrast particularly darke=ening the suit and removing the green cast. Then repair the damage. The cake replacement is optional. If you don't replace it I would apply a curve to pull the level down a bit to darken it.
I think in you last image the the bride & groom are too pink including the bride's dress, there is a ton of weird colors going on in the groom's jacket, and you have accentuated all of the background to where it is distracting the view away from the main subject. I do however like what you have done with the cake. Finally, there is a distracting fiber or hair on the bride's dress at the viewers lower left. I did a quick pass over the image to show you the direction I would take it in.
Regards, Murray
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