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Old 04-16-2010, 12:10 AM
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needs some suggestions please

looking for some suggestions on how to further fix this photo. It's slightly blurry to start and will only look so good, but I know I can do better than what I have so far. It looks dingy and blown out whites in areas here and there. The original had several spots of fade, over exposure, under exposure-peppered in different areas. I'm still working on my curves but can't seem to get it over all. I've used masks to try and even out the areas to match the other areas but it ends up looking more like a patchwork frankenstien. The original also had 100's of pinhole spots. I've cleaned up most of the important ones and think neat image noise reduction will take care of the rest. i've noticed neat image settings only look semi-good when set really high, which makes the people look "plastic" like.

I'd appreciate any suggestion/ imparting of wisdom of what i should do from those that have more experience in curves and noise settings. I've tried the shadow/higlights adjustment and can't seem to get it looking better either. I am overthinking this and making it harder to do than it has to be-frustrating myself.
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Old 04-16-2010, 02:14 AM
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Re: needs some suggestions please

From your description it looks like you have done a fine job thus far!

I used Imagenomics Noiseware after a levels and a gradient mask to lighten the top some
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Old 04-16-2010, 03:06 AM
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Re: needs some suggestions please

Thanks Obaldy. I did use a gradient mask on the top (top left to be exact) but my results were mixed. I'm reading the neat image manual to try and get the hang of it but still trial and error as I go. Are the suggested setting when you open neatimage usually a good guide? I've been using those or slightly bumping up or down what they suggest.

I am assuming this comes from experience-to know when you've taken something as far as it can go. I'm not at that point of recognizing yet. Some photo restores have come out great while others are not as good. I'm not looking for perfection, but hope i soon learn some things are a trade off I can't improve and to know that when i see it.
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Old 04-16-2010, 07:34 AM
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Re: needs some suggestions please

I increased tonal contrast and exposure while protecting the highlights. Except for the boy in white , I lightened the family's heads, particularly the eye orbits of the parents. I finished with Despeckle faded 50%.
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Old 04-16-2010, 01:58 PM
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Re: needs some suggestions please

Thank you panpan. I had tried the despeckle too but had not reduced the amount of fade so it was to strong. Tripped myself up on a little thing I should have thought of. Do either you or Oblady (or anyone) have any thoughts about the high pass filter to sharpen after the noise reduction? I had attempted it at a fairly low setting and was not to thrilled with what it did. I'm wondering if the high pass option is even practical or if it's something i should stay away from, with better choices out there that I am not aware of.
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Old 04-16-2010, 05:17 PM
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Re: needs some suggestions please

Sometimes, I like to blur vegetative backgrounds.
Background leaves/grass are sometimes better off
blurred/softened to reduce a photo's cluttered look
and create more interest to the photo's subject.

This may be one of those cases. Good Luck!
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:17 PM
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that's a great tip, thanks. I'm going to give it a try
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Old 04-21-2010, 02:54 PM
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Re: needs some suggestions please

I've had a go I used the following filters, Nik Software Sharpener Pro 3, Topaz Denoise 3, Levels, Exposure then used the History Brush on the white areas and grass at the front, Dodge brush on the left hand girls face...
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:07 PM
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Re: needs some suggestions please

history brush-eek-that is one tool i am totally clueless about.
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A little sharper and toned- I like to keep things fairly natural.
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