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Old 08-24-2010, 05:53 AM
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Always the same problems: Xtreme highlights

Hi all, maybe you can help....
I always got the same problems with extreme highlights or specular lights, Dodge and burn doesn't help, sometimes patch does stealing some texture from another place, but looks fake most of the time...I placed an example as for the shirt...
Can you help?
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Old 08-24-2010, 06:57 AM
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Re: Always the same problems: Xtreme highlights

The questions are the pictures correctly exposed? shot in raw? in Jpg? White shirts or any highly reflective material in bright sunlight can kill a cameras ability to correctly expose the image. If raw you can normally back the exposure down until the shirt is correct and make 2 copies one of the shirt and one of the rest of the image and merge in photoshop using a layer mask.

This is why many choose to slightly underexpose an image to get data in the highlights without which your out of luck or need to be great at drawing lol.

If you have no data no amount of d&B will ever bring it back....
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:15 AM
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Re: Always the same problems: Xtreme highlights

Hi and thank you for taking the time..
This is an amateur image from my mother's...:-) There's no way she can cope with the hassle of raw files (taking "decent" pictures is just enough)...I don't want to "draw" it. This is what I would do on a restoration project but not on this kind of pictures...I have a bit of an answer, because it's one of the method I use sometimes that I'm not entirely satisfied with...

1-Make a highlight selection with the select>color range. being very low with the fuzziness command (3/4 pixels)
2-create a new layer and fill the selection with a color (whatever you choose) deselect
3-Blur the layer slightly 2 pixels or so
4-Apply the minimum filter Others>minimum with the exact amount of blur (2 pixels or so)
5-choose either a blending mode in the "dark section" darken, multiply etc... not in the "contrast section" such as overlay etc...
6-set the opacity very low 5-6%
Apply D&B to the new layer to create fake pleats and so...
Still looks fake to me, but better than nothing.

HTH...
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:28 AM
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Re: Always the same problems: Xtreme highlights

I would then say best tools would be to play with the shadows and highlight filter and the exposure control and cross my fingers lol....
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Re: Always the same problems: Xtreme highlights

I'll try, thanks!
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Old 08-25-2010, 04:53 AM
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Re: Always the same problems: Xtreme highlights

I tested the shadows/highlight function, and I don't know why I didn't think about that before...I assumed it worked because I've put some grey in the shirt, but that's it:
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:57 AM
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Re: Always the same problems: Xtreme highlights

Yeah you really can only do so much if the data doesn't exist you just have to draw it back in and then its about time and effort vs good enough lol....
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:55 PM
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Re: Always the same problems: Xtreme highlights

Hi: You can get additional help from the Brush Adjustment in Camera Raw. Here is a nice tutorial.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f35Kvpt4hFw
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:28 PM
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Re: Always the same problems: Xtreme highlights

If your mom is shooting with a dslr, try changing the metering from spot to matrix. it may evaluate the exposure better for the entire image instead of center.
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:39 PM
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Re: Always the same problems: Xtreme highlights

http://www.tipsquirrel.com/index.php...own-hot-spots/
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