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Old 05-16-2010, 08:39 PM
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Help with lens flare - Important photo

I need some tips or a direction to go that perhaps I haven't thought of. I have tried several things to fix this but I'm just not getting it. This is a piece of a family reunion photo of my wifes family taken right before one of her Uncles passed away so it's very important to her and the family.

Im not worried about the background as I can clone that from good parts of the photo. Matching the faces is what I'm having trouble with.

I have about 20 photos taken with same pose using a tripod. I can cut and combine photos but all of them have this aberration. There was a scuff on the lens distorting the light so the problem is uniform throughout the photos.

Any tips to improve this would be greatly appreciated. I've been using photoshop for a few years and just got CS5.

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Old 05-17-2010, 01:06 AM
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Re: Help with lens flare - Important photo

Best you could do probly would be to create a new layer set to colour mode, then paint in skin and clothing colours, then make up the contrast with a curve layer. Take your time and use lots of separate layers for different areas. Same with the trees behind the flare, paint in colour, up contrast, you could also make a selection of some tress not affected by the flare, then overlay this to give the area texture. Goodluck...
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:11 AM
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Re: Help with lens flare - Important photo

Thats a tough one, the tree section would be easy to clone over, but the people would take a bit of work. I would start but selecting the section and using the gamma control in exposure to even it out, then cloning in to fix it up.
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