Backlighting

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  1. angela_cheryl_7359

    angela_cheryl_7359 TPF Noob!

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    A friend sent me this picture because there were two lanterns in the background (on the walls) that she wanted removed. No problem. But I noticed that, through the open door, there's too much light (Notice how it's reflecting off the bald man's head). Can anyone help?



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    Thanks so much!
     
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    You are kind of stuck.
    The photo started off to dark and the exposure has been increased so you can see their faces better. If you reduce it their faces get to dark.
     
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    The easiest thing I can suggest given that she's unlikely to be able to arrange a reshoot, is to use the shadows/highlights tool in something like Photoshop - leave the shadows control at 0 and move the highlights slider up to reduce the effect of the backlighting. That shouldn't have too much effect on the foreground.

    It looks like there may have been some fill-in flash going on when the photo was taken, so if it were going to be done again, I'd suggest that a more powerful flash setting be used, along with a smaller aperture and perhaps a lower ISO setting if available.
     
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    Thanks so much! I will definately try that, Chris. No re-shoot available, I didn't even take the original, as I've said. Also, is the noise as noticeable to everyone else as it is to me? She only used a littlle digi (my term for a non-professional digital camera. lol) so it's bound to have some problems. Also, feedback on the object removal???
     
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    This is the original.
     
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    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    This is about the best I can manage with an image that size. It would be rather easier on the 'real' original straight out of the camera. The main things I've done are:


    1. Crop to size
    2. Reduced the highlights by about 25%
    3. Boosted the saturation by about 3-4%
    4. Cloned out the lamps on the wall (not too cleanly due to the image size)
    5. Apply some unsharp mask
    I didn't do anything about the noise, as it was having a damaging effect on an image this small.

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    Sorry I tried to help but the Brightness is Too much in the photo
    There is one more Soluotion to change the backGround of the Window with anythings
    this is my Editing i wish you like it.

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    as you can see i add a Black Fram so it will Kill the Brihtnees littil bit
    Improved the Coloring more into Realastic.

    sorry for my Bad English Language
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Doesn't TPF having a rule about posting images you don't own copyright to, but that linking to them is ok?
     
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    angela_cheryl_7359 TPF Noob!

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    Well, she sent it to me to fix up. I'm pretty sure this means I can post it. Sorry if I broke any rules. :confused:
     
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    Here it is:

    The Photo Forum - Photography Discussion Forum - FAQ

    Most photography forums have something like this somewhere, I think. It protects the forum owners from being sued?
     
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    I chose the skin parts and used curves to lighten them and desaturated the whole picture a bit + saturated the clothings and reduced noise a bit with selective gaussian blur (kept their eyes, noses and mouths normal)...

    I don't really know how to explain what I did or how I did it but I hope this looks good and... yeah ;D

    I'm not so good at removing objects so I didn't even try. It's almost tre o'clock and I'm gonna need some sleep soon ;D
     
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    Wow. FABULOUS job! Thanks for the tips!
     

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