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Old 02-26-2008, 11:25 AM
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Question about washed out contrast due to flash

Hi all my camera always needs the flash even if its in quite a light room, this has cause all my photos to lack color, contrast and look quite washed out.
Is there a quick fix to add a bit of oomph back into my pics, hopefully i can put it into a photoshop action to save time.
Any suggestions on the best techniques is hugely appreciated.
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:31 AM
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Re: Question about washed out contrast due to flas

You cant turn the flash off?
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:36 AM
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Re: Question about washed out contrast due to flas

The technique will depend on how washed out the images are. Typically to add contrast back or rebuild the density of the image you might use a Curves / Level adj, or perhaps level, Adj Contrast, or some of the Blend modes such as Multiply. If you post a sample image here, you should be able to get some pertinent responses.
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:39 AM
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Re: Question about washed out contrast due to flas

My camera just gives be dark almost black photos without it its a crummy camera and i will get a new one soon but im more concerned about the photos i alredy have can i do anything with those.

Here is what i mean it just looks so washed out to me anyway
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:47 PM
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Re: Question about washed out contrast due to flas

I didn't do much. Just a curves adjustment with the eyedroppers, cropped and added a vignette. It's down and dirty but I think it makes a better picture.
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Old 02-26-2008, 01:02 PM
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Re: Question about washed out contrast due to flas

lovely thank you swampy what a differance!
my little boy is so pale anyway with the added flash he always looks so washed out.
he seems to have a bit of colour now
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Old 02-26-2008, 07:38 PM
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Re: Question about washed out contrast due to flas

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My camera just gives be dark almost black photos without it its a crummy camera and i will get a new one soon but im more concerned about the photos i alredy have can i do anything with those.

Here is what i mean it just looks so washed out to me anyway
Amie, that doesn't look washed out to me at all. Is your monitor calibrated?
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Old 02-27-2008, 12:09 AM
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Re: Question about washed out contrast due to flas

no damien maybe i need to will calibrate and see if that looks any better
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Old 02-27-2008, 12:17 AM
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Re: Question about washed out contrast due to flas

doesnt look washed out to me either.

check the image on your camera preview screen
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Old 02-27-2008, 04:05 AM
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Re: Question about washed out contrast due to flas

AmieBear,

I have found that the only action that is consistent for all the pictures taken with my inexpensive digital camera is the sharpening.. It seems they all need about the same amount..

All the rest I would rather do individually anyway.. things like bringing out the shadows, taming the highlights, doing levels, curves, cropping, cloning and healing all need individual attention.. Once you get used to Photoshop and get into a routine it takes very little time..

Your picture looks pretty good to me and I think with a little practice with Photoshop and some patience you will have some very nice recorded memories..
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