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Old 01-02-2008, 08:54 AM
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Have a 2816 x 2112 photo that I have been trying to fix from suggestions found on these forums. I'm a newbie and have using PSE6 without much success. It is a group photo taken at Machu Picchu by a friend using a camera with a dirty lens.
Any suggestions on how I can get this fixed and maintain the pixel size for a large print?
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Old 01-02-2008, 06:58 PM
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Re: Need help with photo taken with a dirty lens

This is mostly done with a 50% Gray layer set to Soft Light, using a soft brush at varying opacity. Some selective increase in contrast, some USM. Layer 3 is set to Screen (30%) to brighten things up. Let me know if I overlooked anything.

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Old 01-05-2008, 02:17 PM
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I ran through the layers you suggested, but I still couldn't get rid of the flare.

Also is there any way to recover the facial detail?

Here's the link to the full size image.

http://radowney.smugmug.com/gallery/4114774#239955824

I plan on removing the other people in the back ground later.
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Old 01-05-2008, 02:30 PM
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Sorry that should be:.

http://radowney.smugmug.com/gallery/...239955824-O-LB
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Old 01-05-2008, 02:42 PM
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Re: Need help with photo taken with a dirty lens

Try pulling out the faces with shadow/highlight on layers and masking.
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Old 01-05-2008, 02:58 PM
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Re: Need help with photo taken with a dirty lens

This is what I managed to do with the small image.
I have the image in its original size if you are interested.


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It is a group photo taken at Machu Picchu by a friend...
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:50 PM
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Re: Need help with photo taken with a dirty lens

I don't have elements but I just used a hide all (Black) masked Dust & Scratch layer to remove the noise.. clone tool on the extra people and brightened the shadows a bit with history set to screen..
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Old 01-06-2008, 04:02 AM
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Re: Need help with photo taken with a dirty lens

radowney, were you one of the guys on the peak? Those guys deserve those smiles -- what a sight, and looks like it took some work to get there.

You've got some good work done already, but I liked the effect of over-sharpening / diffuse - increased contrast in the faces. I started it off in Adobe Camera Raw to add some fill light, de-saturate and reduce luminosity in the sunstruck shirt. I don't have Elements either - used CS3, but Elements has Camera raw, doesn't it?
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:31 AM
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Thanks for everyone's help on this photo.

CJ ....Alas, I was not able to climb up to Huayna Picchu, which is the peak in the background of most photos of Machu Picchu. Had my knee replaced last April, and felt that an 800 foot climb was more than I could handle. However, I did have the pleasure of exploring Machu Picchu for two days.
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:58 AM
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Thanks for everyone's help on this photo.

CJ .... I did have the pleasure of exploring Machu Picchu for two days.
Cool! I love South American pre-history, and your trip sounds marvelous!
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