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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · How to remedy blown out area of shot in PS


Thanks for your help in advance. My problem is that I have this shot taken in a chapel (terrible lighting, especially with this wall of sequins) and the middle area is completely blown out. I'm wondering what's the best way to fix this in PS. Clone? Levels? I'm not sure, but everything I've played around with hasn't been so great.







Jan 18, 2012 at 12:02 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · How to remedy blown out area of shot in PS


The best way to deal with this would be to shoot some underexposed frames while you were shooting the overall shot so you would have the actual wall to blend in. The second best way is going to be to take a piece of the right hand part of the wall (it looks best to my eye) and copy that to a new layer, move it over, mask out the people and lights and then apply a series of Curves and Hue/Saturation adjustment layers to suit. That's how I would approach it. Here's a very quick and dirty version just to see if it would work.







Jan 18, 2012 at 02:49 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · How to remedy blown out area of shot in PS


Nice job Peter.
Scott



Jan 18, 2012 at 07:50 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · How to remedy blown out area of shot in PS


Thanks Peter for your help.


Jan 18, 2012 at 02:31 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · How to remedy blown out area of shot in PS


sbeme wrote:
Nice job Peter.
Scott


+1



Jan 18, 2012 at 03:20 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · How to remedy blown out area of shot in PS


I was just showing that this was a very possible fix and only spent about ten minutes on it. If it were a job for me, I'd probably refine it some more now that I see it again, but at least it's in the ballpark. And if you're working on the high res file, it can take longer as well. The low res can mask a lot of sloppiness in retouching. Hopefully this will inspire the original poster to try his own version and maybe a better one at that.

Also, the original jpeg was posted in Adobe RGB, which might cause problems for some viewers online. Perfectly fine for the original file, but usually sRGB is better for web.



Jan 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · How to remedy blown out area of shot in PS


Yes, it was understood as a "quickie" illustration, not a finished piece for the gallery ... still, nice work.


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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · How to remedy blown out area of shot in PS


Have you tried hilight recovery in LR4? or was it shout in jpg?


Jan 18, 2012 at 10:55 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · How to remedy blown out area of shot in PS


It was shot RAW, but I don't use LR4 -- is it available in PS CS5?


Jan 19, 2012 at 02:44 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · How to remedy blown out area of shot in PS


There's always a chance you might be able to pull something out of a raw file, but maybe not. The raw processor in CS5 is the same as LR3. You can download the beta or LR4 and see if it's any better. Can't hurt to try. My guess is that you're still going to have to perform some surgery after anyway.


Jan 19, 2012 at 03:46 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · How to remedy blown out area of shot in PS


Using recovery is a good idea, it is in Adobe Camera Raw(the window that pops up with your pic with adjustments before Photoshot CS5 takes it). Make sure you edit stuff like this in Adobe Camera Raw, you have a lot more margin for errors like this when you're editing them in RAW. recovery may not take you all the way there, you may need to use a combo of recovery and Peter Figen's method. One thing about recovery is it affects highlights on people's face, as well. what I sually do in a situation like this is open up the file like this, then leave it open, and open up another one with recovery. I'll copy the non-highlight-recovered image onto the recovered image, then use the eraser to erase the recovered image from the faces or where I really want highlights.


Jan 19, 2012 at 06:10 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · How to remedy blown out area of shot in PS


"I'll copy the non-highlight-recovered image onto the recovered image, then use the eraser to erase the recovered image from the faces or where I really want highlights."

While that method will work, it's really much more efficient, effective and reversible to use Layer Masks to accomplish the same thing. While technically it usually doesn't make any difference which layer is on top, as a practical matter, it's often easier to put the darker layer on top, add a layer mask filled with black and then brush it in where needed, in lower opacity increments to build up your detail slowly.

For anyone in L.A., you can see what I'm talking about if you happen to see the Metro/Cirque ads on the sides of Metro busses running in town now.



Jan 19, 2012 at 06:39 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · How to remedy blown out area of shot in PS


Can I have a try with the RAW?


Jan 19, 2012 at 09:56 AM





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