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Old 02-15-2008, 08:49 AM
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Re: Strong lights

A quick shot using Shadow/Highlight and Hue/Saturation to remove the yellow cast.
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Old 02-15-2008, 02:37 PM
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Re: Strong lights

thank you to all for the answer! I did not expect so many tips....

these are really valuable suggestions, both for photography and for photoshopping and I have a lot to work on.

this is really a great community indeed.............

I hope to be able to post better photos soon
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Old 02-15-2008, 03:49 PM
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Re: Strong lights

There's practically no information in several of the blown out areas, but the blue channel has the most. I made a luminosity layer of the blue channel and pinted as much detail as possible into the blown our areas with a soft, white brush on a black layer mask. A tune up of levels, curves and some selective color adjustments yielded the result, below. That's about the best that can be done starting with your original image.

If you get another opportunity, take your tripod and shoot an HDR grouping. You will get spectacular results.

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Old 02-15-2008, 07:03 PM
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Re: Strong lights

My first post here -
My solution is to build up layers with parts of the photo you like and replace the parts you don't like. You can then add back in highlights or patches of light. This was a quick job so it could look better.

If you are finding that only 5% of your photos are usable then I'd work on your exposure so you get the photo you want the first time. Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson was a big help for me. Easy to understand and really improved my photos. You might also try using a diffusion screen to reduce the hot spots. This would allow you to have better control of your exposure. If the hot spots are too difficult to work around then, as someone else suggested, you'll need to take a few photos with each one exposed for highlights, mids, and shadows and them put them together in Photoshop.
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:17 PM
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Re: Strong lights

Just my two cents worth.

Watch the time of day you shoot and the shadows and highlights from the sun. Shoot on days when the light is diffused, such as an overcast or partly cloudy day. On those days, the light is more even and flattering. Should you desire a different white balance than an overcast day provides, change it in Photoshop or use a filter on your camera.

Also a neutral density filter and/or a polarizer can help you with some of the light problems. But they create their own set of problems as well.

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