Ok, spent a little bit more time and was able to make it a bit nicer. Since I still don't have a noise reduction filter, so it's still a bit noisy, though not anywhere near as much. Here's how this was done.
4 light sources, one spot between the girl and the guy to cut down on the black blob look, one big omni off the page to light the table one small omni on the right side to get rid of the black ring where the shadow used to be, one omni at the top of the table in the center of the people on the right, and another right on the girl.
This made the image levels a lot more stable and easier to adjust. I also adjusted the image curve.
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