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Old 11-20-2009, 11:54 PM
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Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

Okay, totall newbie here. I am taking sports pictures for some extra money on the side, and today the sun was lower than in the summer when I do pics. I have shadows of the athletes ON THE GROUND BEHIND THEM on just about all my pics. How do I make them disappear?

I have photoshop elements 3.0. I'd appreciate any help anyone could give, and please keep in mind that I am a newbie with photoshop, but I am learning as I go.

I tried to attach a pic, but I think the file was too large.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 11-21-2009, 08:06 AM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

Attachment has to be less than 100k.
Normally saving photo for webpage will work.
Or reduce quality of jpeg when saving.

Once you post an attachment you will get many responses.
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:13 PM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

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Attachment has to be less than 100k.
Normally saving photo for webpage will work.
Or reduce quality of jpeg when saving.

Once you post an attachment you will get many responses.
Okay - thanks. Now that I did it, the photo looks really, really grainy, but I'm sure its because it cut the amount of info.

So can anybody help me with step-by-step instructions. I will send you a check for a million dollars.

In order to get the money, I need the shadow gone.

(There is no guarantee that the check will clear)
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:40 PM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

I actually had tried that, but when I clone I use the rectangular marquee tool and copy using control c and then control v I think to paste. But its always in blocks and it cuts off part of her leg or shoe. It is a pain trying to line up the boxes.

Surely there is a much easier way to use the "clone" feature?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:14 PM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

My question would be 'why do do want to get rid of the shadow behind her?' The light is obviously coming from the side according to the light on her face (which look good here). Although aartist did a great job removing the shadow as you asked, it looks fake, like she was placed into a different background than where she was photographed (no bad to you aartist, really) The lack of a natural shadow is way more distracting than the shadow itself. If it really bothers you for some reason, the next time you could use a bit of fill flash from the camera to lighten the shadow on the ground and and also the shadows on subject's face, or select the shadow area and lighten it a bit.
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:33 PM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

First off, thanks for the feedback. Somtimes I feel on a isolated island with this photography stuff. I am NOT a photographer, but I bought a handy little Sony, that when I took pics at home, I became tempted to use on a broader scale. I am a coach and know lots of sports teams that use photographers, so I struck up some deals and am producing better pics at cheaper prices than what they were receiving before.

The camera took a long time for me to figure out, and I only have a very basic understanding of it. All I know is to keep it on aperature mode, choose an appropriate iso and E.V. value given the amount of light, and shoot away. However, on this particular occasion the sun was much lower than I had ever experienced, so shadows were being created by me, my tripod, and when I moved at an angle to get my shadow out of the way, shadows were then cast on the ground behind them.

I dont think the shadows look very professional, however if the athletes look like are floating on a cloud of grass, then I am not sure what I'll do. In fact, if you can tell at all that the image has been edited, I may choose to go with the shadow. I just dont think it looks very professional.

So, just what is the easiest (and fastest) way to use the "clone tool" to get rid of this shadow? I have like 20 cheerleader and a handful of golfers to get pics printed off for. I am looking for an easy but workable method.

Thanks again for all the help!
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:43 PM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

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Good point holgaman but I think danielwd feels the shadow detracts from the girl.
She has other photos too, that I'm sure all have the same problem. You could always
leave a lighter shadow if need be.
I agree, I think the best thing to do here would be to lighten the shadow so it's not so heavy and doesn't pull too much attention from the subject's face. I know how to do that in PS but I'm not familiar with Elements so I really couldn't be too helpful with the tools there. Anybody more familiar with Elements?
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:45 AM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

Hi danielwd,
nothing wrong with that shadow whatsoever.. as Holgaman suggests just lighten it a little to take the edge of it, stuff like this is best solved when taking the shot either using fill-flash and or a diffusion reflector overhead and have her face the sun, you have to way things up and predict what is do-able without looking fake in photoshop afterwards,
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:57 PM
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Hi danielwd,
nothing wrong with that shadow whatsoever.. as Holgaman suggests just lighten it a little to take the edge of it, stuff like this is best solved when taking the shot either using fill-flash and or a diffusion reflector overhead and have her face the sun, you have to way things up and predict what is do-able without looking fake in photoshop afterwards,
rgards,
Gary..
completely agree with the simplest, most rational solution. just a quick lighten to take the attention away from the shadow, and then maybe add a slight photo filter to take away the cyan color cast on her shoe. If you absolutely wanted to take out the shadow I would experiment with the patch tool rather than clone.
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:49 PM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

I did as you did with using marquee tool. Selected the area on the upper right side feathered the selection by 10, pasted it to a new layer, moved over the shadow area, added a layer mask and masked out the shadow.
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