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Old 03-26-2012, 03:35 PM
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Question My first go at photo restoration - need feedback

This is my first photo I've tried. The photo is from my friend (I didn't scan it) and I showed her what I did and she was stoked with the results; however, that doesn't necessarily mean the job is good, haha.

The only thing I am not happy with is the colors and the blown highlights. There still appears to be a bit of a color cast/old looking colors. If I should fix this, can you suggest some specific steps? Or should I leave as is?

What about the highlights blownout in the diamond plate under his arm? If you were restoring this photo for a client, would you fix this area?

Also, is it general practice to straighten photos that are taken crooked in the first place?

Anything else I'm missing or that you would suggest?
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:59 PM
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Re: My first go at photo restoration - need feedba

Ask the Client.

I would assume that they would want a finished product worthy of displaying. I try to improve the composition where I can.
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:04 PM
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Re: My first go at photo restoration - need feedba

Hi Ruzzez, does that mean you would rebuild the photo to the left of the guy (to help with the terrible composition)? Or were you referring to straightening the photo?
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Re: My first go at photo restoration - need feedba

Both, but I am not sure the photograph justifies the effort needed. I understand that it maybe the best of lot and there is no other choice.

Before you do any rebuilding, I would suggest that you crop to what is essential to keep.

Or you could keep the man and bench. Change out the background to imporve the composition.

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Old 03-28-2012, 10:02 AM
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Re: My first go at photo restoration - need feedba

there is still some detail in those blown out areas.
use the "Shadow/Highlight" to bring the detail out.
after that you could also add "Shadow/Highlights" to the whole image (shadow setting set to 0)
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:51 AM
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Re: My first go at photo restoration - need feedba

thanks Ruzzez and Dataflow. I will leave the background as is, it's the guys' truck - he was a trucker and it has significance. I will try the shadow/highlight.
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I used Raw in CS5.
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Re: My first go at photo restoration - need feedba

Thanks cupcake. I think it's a bit dark, personally, but it's good to see the detail in the highlight areas. Here's what I ended up with. I did a minor shadow/highlight for the diamond plate area under his arm, but left the sign completely blownout, since there wasn't any data to recover there.
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