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Old 08-27-2006, 07:05 PM
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Fix Uneven Exposure

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I would appreciate any help that people could give me with the uneven exporosure on this photo. Thanks.
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Old 08-27-2006, 08:20 PM
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Uneven Exposure

Simon, of the 3 channels, the red is the best to work with. I would convert the image to grayscale by either applying the red channel to the composite image or by using the channel mixer set to monochrome selecting 100% red as the result. Add a new layer on top of the image and fill it with 50% gray and change it's blend mode to overlay. Now with a soft brush at about 10-20% opacity, paint with black where you want to darken, and with white where you want to lighten. I did not go far nor was I trying to be neat / precise with the attached sample but just wanted to point you in the direction. This is just one of many methods you can use to even it out.
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Old 08-27-2006, 08:29 PM
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Hi there

Used the red channel like Murray. I like to make loose selections with a soft brush and quickmask. Then use a curves adjustment layer to darken... over darken in fact. Then I hide all and bring back with a soft brush with low opacity. Did the same to lighten in some areas as well. Added just a touch of noise reduction and color.

Not a lot of detail to recover however

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Old 08-28-2006, 05:45 PM
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Thank you, Murray and Butch. There is a world of difference between the before and after photos. I didn't even realize that the boy was wearing a hat. Your suggestions will give me something to work with. Thank you very much.
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Old 08-28-2006, 06:26 PM
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Butch, great job! I think the Sepia - like tone really does it for this image.
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Old 08-28-2006, 06:47 PM
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Thanks Murray... hard to match your work though

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Old 08-28-2006, 09:00 PM
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Butch, thank you for the kind compliments,
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Old 08-29-2006, 05:59 AM
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Hi,

simon29,

welcome to RP!!

I had a go at your picture ....

If you are interested, I'll post the details later ....

Murray & Butch,

nice job!!

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Old 08-29-2006, 06:56 PM
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Flora:
I would appreciate hearing a detailed list of how you approached fixing the exposure on the picture. Thank you for spending the time to work on the photo.
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:54 AM
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Hi Simon,

working with Photoshop CS2, I started with a Shadow/Highlight Adjustment Layer.

I loosely selected the 'worst' parts and used Levels and Curves on my selections to further correct/balance lights and shadows in my selections.

I used several blank layers set to Darken, Lighten, Soft Light and Overlay to selectively enhance details (faces, hands, etc. )

Dust&Scratches, Patch Tool and Heal Brush to remove scratches etc.

Hue/Saturation for a light sepia tone.

USM to lightly sharpen.

Hope this helps.

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