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How would you fix the burnt out area?

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Old 04-11-2010, 06:32 AM
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How would you fix the burnt out area?

Can't figure out how to improve that burnt out area.

I welcome suggests.

I wonder, however, whether it would have been better to do the correction on the original image first. This one obviously has had much manipulation - the original wide angle image needed perspective correction and then I went a bit further with ReDynamix.
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:13 AM
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Re: How would you fix the burnt out area?

Did you shoot RAW? If so, there might be some info there so that you bring texture back, and then curve it down in photoshop.

If not, use other parts of the shirt, like this.
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:30 AM
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Re: How would you fix the burnt out area?

wow...that's a big improvement. Didn't shoot raw - had it in Intelligent Auto, which is very good in high contrast situations,but tends to oversharpen (which can't be turned down in the camera). I decided the picture was better in black/white
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:50 AM
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Re: How would you fix the burnt out area?

Nah, use raw and your intelligent conversion. You wouldn't have had that problem if you had shot raw as raw does normally contain info a couple stops away from your EV. In other words, what is burnt on a jpeg, isn't on a raw (to some extent).
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:24 AM
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Re: How would you fix the burnt out area?

Of course I know you're correct, but faced with a mob of people and distractions IA seemed to be the best choice.
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:47 AM
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Re: How would you fix the burnt out area?

One thing is the program you use, and another completely different one is the container that you want the camera to put the capture in. A JPEG is a small container of "what you see is what you get", a raw is a big container with many options for you to choose during conversion.

Im sure you can still use the auto mode and save RAW. If not, use whatever aperture priority mode that your camera has. It's ok to let the camera decide the exposure time and ISO to some extent as, after all, there's no big secret in those because the goal is always to get a properly exposed photo. So you choose aperture, and let the camera do the reciprocity math.
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:36 AM
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Re: How would you fix the burnt out area?

Unfortunately, when you shoot in Intelligent Auto with the Panasonic LX3 you can't save in RAW - you also can't turn off the focus assist light which will automatically come on in low light, ruining the stealth factor if you won't want your subjects to know you're shooting them.

It's my practice with all my cameras to shoot in both RAW and jpg (at the same time).

I've also found that you can regain some amount of detail from overexposed areas when you're processing a raw image, if there's no detail at all in those areas, shooting in raw is not really going to help.

I've recreated texture in burnt out areas by "borrowing" from other images or areas that have the same color and texture. I knew there wasn't much of an opportunity for an indetectable fix, but I was curious to see what people would come up with.

Appreciate your input.
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