newbie: dealing with flash facial overexposure

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Andrew, Jul 10, 2004.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Guest

    Hi ... I'm new to digital photopgraphy and photoshop (v8)...
    Disappointingly - I took an indoor photo of our local swimming team,
    and with the auto flash, the face of those @ the front have been well
    (white wash out) compared with those on the back row...
    now I know its impossible to put back whats not captured ... but I wonder
    if there are any techniques to make the best of a bad job...

    there is still a little detail (around nose & eyes) and shadow at edge of
    I wondered if there was some way to colorise the face rather than just
    have them white ... using the color from the faces on the back row....
    or any useful plugin (camera doesn't support raw ... I've only got the image
    I've got)?

    Any constructive advice gratefully received
    thanks andrew
    Andrew, Jul 10, 2004
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    V1nc3nt Guest

    I'm afraid there's not much you can do about the overexposion, but maybe the
    nice new feature in CS: Image>Adjustments>Shadow/Highlight can give you some
    better results for the total lightning. Make sure to check the 'Show more

    Good luck
    V1nc3nt, Jul 10, 2004
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    Bob Hatch Guest

    Post it somewhere so we can see it and experiment with it.
    Bob Hatch, Jul 10, 2004
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    Mike Russell Guest

    I generally don't like masks, but this time you need one.

    Create an Hue/Sat adjustment layer. Ignore the rest of the image.and play
    with the sliders until the faces look better. You'll have to drop the
    Lightness slider a bit to get some traction for the hue.

    Then use the Layer menu to create a "Hide All" layer mask, click on the
    mask, and paint the faces with a white brush to bring the color back to just
    the faces. If you stray outside the lines, click the x key to erase.
    Mike Russell, Jul 10, 2004
  5. Sometimes, by using the Multiply Mode in Layers, you can improve overexposed
    1. Select the part you want to improve.
    2. Duplicate layer.
    3. In this layer: Inverse Selection.
    4. Clear selection (Delete)
    5. Set Mode to Multiply
    6. Adjust effect with slider.
    7. Flatten Image
    8. Remove selection

    A. van der Ree, Jul 10, 2004
  6. overexposion?

    you related to george bush?


    Kilgore Trout, Jul 11, 2004
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    Mark Guest

    and this wise-assed comment from a person who wrote the following:
    "This newsgroup has really gone downhill - it's half full of semi literate
    cretins who get their kicks out of smart ass (or is that dumb ass) replies
    to requests for help - superiority complexes abound...

    I could name names - but you know who you are..."

    Guess you decided to 'join the crowd', eh?
    Mark, Jul 11, 2004
  8. Indeed.

    Tiemen Rapati, Jul 11, 2004
  9. Andrew

    V1nc3nt Guest

    Well, if it would have been anybody but George W, I wouln't have been
    offended. You really hurt me with that low road.
    So, please stay away from your humour attempts in the future. :)
    V1nc3nt, Jul 11, 2004
  10. Andrew

    V1nc3nt Guest

    I think I'll leave you hanging right there :)
    V1nc3nt, Jul 11, 2004
  11. I also said, quote:

    "HUMOUR IS GOOD - not answering is fine... but what possible satisfaction do
    these idiots get for saying; "read the manual" (and variations), or; "look
    it up in Google" (Duh!)".

    My post was a gentle attempt at HUMOUR, no offence meant - if V1nc3nt was
    genuinely offended (and I don't believe for one moment that he was) I will
    apologise to him...


    (As usual, capitals for emphasis only - I don't shout)

    Kilgore Trout, Jul 11, 2004
  12. :)

    Tiemen Rapati, Jul 11, 2004
  13. Okay - as promised (but I suspect (!) you are teasing and I really don't
    believe you were offended!!!)...

    SORRY!!! V1nc3


    (Capitals used for... etc)

    Kilgore Trout, Jul 11, 2004
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    Canopus Guest

    Moderation is good for everyone but YOU, right?

    Canopus, Jul 11, 2004
  15. why do you keep talking bollocks?




    Kilgore Trout, Jul 11, 2004
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    Chuck Norris Guest

    K, first things first, worry about the back row. Get it like you like
    it, totally disregard the washed out front row. Got it done? Cool.

    Now the easiest way (several ways to do this, but this is really
    flexible, non-destructive, and pretty easy) way is to make a new
    layer, but not a normal new layer. Alt+Click the new layer button, and
    instead of normal, set mode to overlay, and check the box for 'fill
    with neutral color'. Now you've got this seperate layer that does not
    show up due to the way overlay (or softlight, etc..) see's gray tones.
    Select the paintbrush, set your color to black, and drop your opacity
    and flow way down (25% or so, whatever you like), and now you have a
    really cool way to burn back in that detail. Just use the paint brush
    tool to burn back in the detail. If you get something you dont like,
    switch to white color and brush back in. Works great for washed out
    areas like that of which you speak. Hope this helps.
    Chuck Norris, Jul 12, 2004
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    Eric Gill Guest

    This newsgroup has really gone downhill - it's half full of semi literate
    cretins who get their kicks out of smart ass (or is that dumb ass) replies
    to requests for help - superiority complexes abound...

    I could name names - but you know who you are...
    Eric Gill, Jul 12, 2004
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    Canopus Guest

    Do you need a cup for that?
    Canopus, Jul 12, 2004
  19. Andrew

    Canopus Guest

    Blah Blah Blah
    Canopus, Jul 12, 2004
  20. Andrew

    Eric Gill Guest

    And yet you like to rail at other people for the same thing. Tsk.
    It's a bitch when you can't live by your own rules, isn't it?
    Eric Gill, Jul 12, 2004
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