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Old 06-17-2010, 07:55 AM
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Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

I've attached an image I took pretty early in the morning. Not the ideal light but it was overcast. It's not the greatest image but a good example of the issues I run into now and then. What's the best way to brighten the subject and grass but keep the sky dark. The sky was very dramatic that day (very blue and grey). I don't have much luck w/ the gradient tool. Any help and tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:15 AM
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Re: Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

You could try "Image"-"Corrections"-"Shadows/Highlights" and define how much you want to brighten the shadows or darken the highlights.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:52 AM
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Re: Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

There are many ways to do make such a corrections.
The quickest way would be to use Photoshop's Image>Adjust>Shadow/Highlight (sample attached). You could also apply a curve adj layer to bighten the entire image then paint with black on the layer mask to protect the sky.
You could also select the luminance of the image, select the inverse to select the dark areas, jump the selection to a new layer and change its blending mode to Screen.
These are just a few of many. However you should get very satisfactory results with teh Shadow / Highlight.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:27 AM
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Re: Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

I agree there are several methods to achieve this Image>Adjust>Shadow/Highlight is probably the best for what you looking for. This would look cool as a HDR image i think as well
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:53 PM
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Re: Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

Well I did process this using PhotoMatix pro to get a HDR look.
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Old 06-17-2010, 01:05 PM
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Re: Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

Well Bigdawgs suggestion of HDR is probably the 2nd quickest solution. If you have PS CS5 this is what the new Image>Adjust>HDR Toning did in a few seconds.
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Old 06-17-2010, 01:36 PM
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Re: Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

- duplicate background layer
- set the duplicate to MULTIPLY then chanel blue selection for masking
- duplicate that MULTIPLY layer, set the blending to SCREEN then invert the masking
- give warm filter
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:24 PM
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Re: Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

Hi Sarah.

I do agree to some of the previous posts, this is my attempt (took about 10seconds to fix).

Lightened Image:
Duplicated layer, set the layer blend to screen, created a greyscale channel selection which was then inverted as a mask on the duplicated layer.

Darkened Sky:
Use calculations to get the best mask for the sky. (basically want the greatest density in the sky) applied that as a selection to create a mask for a curves adjustment.

Also added some contrast and colour correction to the image.

Let me know if you require any further information.

Brock
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:36 PM
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Re: Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

Levels adj. gradient on mask.

Bob
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:40 PM
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Re: Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

Here is my go. The image wasn't in to bad of shape, beyond the clouds (if its a big issue you might try replacing them, ideal with better ones from the same shoot).
The foreground was adjusted with a curves layer on screen (masking out the sky) with the curve set to adjust shadows to mid tones and leave lights and highlights alone, along with another cures layer masked for the foreground to add contrast. An additional curves layer was added and set to multiply to darken the sky. Another curve was added to increase the mid to light tones to the baby on the bench. Two additional curves set to luminosity were added, one masked to lighten the bench, another masked to lighten the skin tones.
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