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Old 02-21-2010, 11:20 PM
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Tone down lights

I'm hoping that someone can help me here, I have a photo, actually many, from a gymnastics meet. During the beam events I had to take the pictures from below which meant I have some of the ceiling lights in the photo - right behind the girls. Is there a way to lessen the effect of the lights. I use Paint Shop Pro X2 but have access to Photoshop if necessary. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-21-2010, 11:22 PM
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Re: Tone down lights

One other thing. I do shoot in raw and have those files to work with.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:21 AM
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Re: Tone down lights

I don't know why wuold you want to lessen the effect of the lights, 'coz they look great, you could just improve the contrast and enhance the girl. If the middle light was, like, overflowing or spilling at the girl it would also look good. However, in Photoshop you could maybe use the dodge tool, or play with contrast in these areas.
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:15 AM
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Re: Tone down lights

I also like the photo as it is now, for it's artistic value. Now, if the photos had a more journalistic intention and you need the subject to be correctly exposed, don't do it in photoshop, as it will not bring with it all the latitude that the raw contained. You said you had the raw files, do it all during conversion using fill light, brightness and all the other exposure sliders.
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:39 PM
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Re: Tone down lights

I personally find the large yellow light distracting. My eye goes to that immediately, and I don't find it very attractive. I might play around with making up a ceiling that I could just put that over that light as you have many photos with the same effect. The white lights don't bother me so much and probably the yellow one wouldn't if it were white (which I think you could do).
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:52 AM
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Re: Tone down lights

Yes, me too. The yellow light is distracting with the relatively low contrast on the desination (the girls). This may change if you play with the contrasts in the foreground.
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Old 02-24-2010, 04:38 PM
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Re: Tone down lights

very noisy - but
i would use a Layer of Exposure> top to the right>bottom to the left>THEN middle to the left a tad
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:00 PM
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Re: Tone down lights

giving it a try
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:57 PM
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Re: Tone down lights

Good Night

I try
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