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Old 08-01-2009, 03:38 AM
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How to reduce excessive glare

I have been unable to come up with a suitable technique for reducing excessive glare created on faces and clothes due to flash photography. Other than careful healing brush application, is there a simple way to reduce this glare? I would appreciate both the results as well as the technique so that in future everyone can benefit from proven techniques. I am using Photoshop CS3 Extended.

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Old 08-01-2009, 06:29 AM
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Re: How to reduce excessive glare

You can try to use "Image"-"Adjustments"-"Shadow/Highlights" and optimize the highlights but in your example the highlights are really glared, so your only chance is to repaint these points or if you have the RAW-data, underexpose the image and blend in just the highlights using color range and a mask.
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:01 PM
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Re: How to reduce excessive glare

The problem with this type image is there really isn't much color information in those pixels. They are "blown out" to all white, or very near to white. A couple of suggestions:

(assumptions here are that you don't have access to a good quality D-SLR camera)

- don't override the camera's automatic settings (unless you've practiced as noted next);
- practice overriding the camera's settings in a low light condition and see what works best;
- shoot at as high a resolution as you can;
- bring the jpeg's into Adobe Camera Raw first (doing so with JPG's is only available in CS3 or later). Use the "recovery" slider to recover as much of the highlights as possible. Use the other sliders to adjust for the lighting, etc. This is generally faster and you can adjust all of the images at one time.
- with regard for "techniques" that everyone can benefit from.... I think most everyone should consider the benefit of using ACR or another RAW editor. It's just much easier and faster. But, of course, it is of no benefit if we are not shooting images wisely. There is only so much that the camera sensor can see and store.

Keep in mind you will not be able to recover any pixels that are blown out. You could consider upgrading to a D-SLR or fixed lens camera that shoots in RAW. This does allow some additional recovery room that cannot be obtained from a JPG.

Below is about all I could recover from the little thumbnail you posted. A link to a higher resolution file could reveal a bit more.
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:50 PM
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Re: How to reduce excessive glare

Fixing Blown Out skin?


Fix Blown Out Skin (tutorial)

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Old 08-01-2009, 11:41 PM
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Re: How to reduce excessive glare

The only way is painting all the blown details again, cloning/healling and the like.
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