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Old 09-04-2011, 04:16 PM
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Re: Hot highlights / burnt out / How do I fix?

Hello again.

So I got around to making a flickr account.

Here is the original photo I was given from the photographer. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobdoes...in/photostream

Then for the sake of example - and why I started this post - is the version I returned to the photographer (Also side note, I know its not great, but the photographer only wanted to pay $5 per image and only wanted a quick retouch... so thats what he got from me.) -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobdoes...in/photostream


And finally, after discussing it here with you fine people I decided to revisit it and see if I could fix the problem I have with the version I gave to my client. And that is that although I brought back texture and reduced the highlights.. it looked, muddy, and muted, and blahhh. What I didn't realize was that part of the problem with the highlights is that the color was different. So I made a few passes using Hue/Sat adj layer and Selective Color to correct the area and brushed it in. - so here is that one here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobdoes...in/photostream


And I figured I'd share my workflow for the last one in case it might help anyone..
Unfortunately I did not think of this prior to.. and I flattened the file. But from memory here is how I approached it.

Duplicate the layer,
Went to Red Channel - Apply Image - Applying the blue channel from original layer set to Normal 100%. - Then set that layer to luminosity, masked it and brushed in.
Then merge visible (cause I do that a lot..) did a pass over with healing and spot removal, stray hairs, etc.
Then merged up again, and with most of them I still wasn't happy with highlights so I merged visible and then tweaked the highlights in the Shadwos/Highlights adjustment. Setting the shadows to zero, because those were fine, and just slightly boosting the highlights set at a low tonal range so it only affected the highlights I wanted.

The crucial part that helped solve the problem I was having was then making a Hue/Sat adj layer, using the scrubby (not sure what the eyedropper/scrubber/selector tool is called) and picked a bunch of points in the highlights and adjusted hue to blend with the rest of the skin. Then did one or two light passes with Selective Color to get the skin as a whole to my liking. After that I just added a slight vignette using curves, had a problem with banding in background so I blurred that heavily (Still sort of there..oh well) Oh and finally used liquify to lower his shoulder on the right side a bit, and drew the chin in a bit..

Then did my standard sharpening actions and brushed them in where I wanted additional sharpening.

So yeah. That was my workflow. Hope it helps.. and/or also, if you think my process was not ideal or just plain dumb for any reason, let me know, always curious to see how others might approach.
I still don't think this looks that great but I definitely picked up a thing or two. Being that I was only getting $5 per image, I wasn't about to pull my hair out over it..
I think one thing that bothered me was where the photographer placed his background light.. the gradation starts below his shoulder when I think it would have been more ideal to illuminate from his face.. no?
Oh well. Have a good one folks.
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:28 PM
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Re: Hot highlights / burnt out / How do I fix?

Looking at the image you posted seems to me that there is plenty of information in both the green and blue channels red as expected for fleshtones a lot lighter. This is of course just looking at jpeg what are the RAW files like? I suggest there is likely to be much more info available and probably could be edited in RAW with very little to do in PS.

Is it possible that you are making more work for yourself with a more complicated workflow than necessary?

I do not know if this of any help but took your original jpeg image and in PS duplicated layer and applied a healthy amount of highlight correction in Shadows and highlight. New blank layer set to Colour mode, sampled a couple of areas for fleshtone and painted over highlight area. A two minute fix so $2.5 dollars per minute
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Old 09-04-2011, 06:38 PM
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Re: Hot highlights / burnt out / How do I fix?

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Hello again.

So I got around to making a flickr account.

Here is the original photo I was given from the photographer. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobdoes...in/photostream
*Grabs a wooden stake*
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:39 PM
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what are the RAW files like?

He shot them JPEG.. This guy.. not a great photographer.


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That's mean. But yeah..
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