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Aug 17, 2010 15:46 |  #1

I love this shot from the first wedding I did on Sunday, but its the ONE photo that has blown out highlights...and I want to try to "save it" but I don't know where to begin...thoughts and ideas? Help!?


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Aug 18, 2010 01:22 |  #2

From what I've read, it's very hard or impossible to recover blown out highlights because there isn't much details saved. But I'm a noob so don't lose hope.




  
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Aug 18, 2010 01:37 |  #3

All you can do is fake it.
This was an incredibly shrunken/compressed image so please no one beet me up on my masking.
but this is how I would role if it had to be done,

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Aug 18, 2010 04:57 |  #4

Not having blown highlights is overrated. How many magazine images have you seen with blown out highlights ? I've see quite a few; especially in "lifestyle" stock photography. Adjust the levels, clean up and CA and go from there. The lack of a well defined background helps to focus the attention on the two subjects.

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(perhaps an adjustment layer to even out the skin tones as they're a bit too different between the adult and the child. Also an adjustment layer to get a little more light in the adult face.)




  
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Aug 18, 2010 11:57 |  #5

Normallly I'm with the blown highlights police. However, on this occasion, I would be more concerned with the groom who looks like he's just falling out of focus. To me a little judiicious sharpening is all that is required to rescue this image.


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Aug 18, 2010 13:37 |  #6

I would cut out the man, place him next to the child over the wooden support and crop it in close, but thats just me


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Aug 18, 2010 14:21 |  #7

No one has mentioned the color of the man. This image is way too blue. I am not going to fully assess the color balance problems here. If you are going to shoot weddings, accurate color is a necessity. I would suggest the xrite passport. At least get a white balance target. You can slip another background in behind the man.


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Aug 20, 2010 11:25 |  #8

Thanks for the comments, and while I agree on the issues concerning the man, it is the blown out sky I was concerned about for the most part, since I have the image in raw and have plenty of other ideas on how to fix the other issues with the photo, its the blown out sky I was asking about specifically. Thanks for the feedback and ideas. This was one photo I loved from the set, but the worst of the bunch of 114 keepers...the white balance in all of the others is constant and lovely...this one needed the most rescusing and I learned plenty from taking this SINGLE shot to be sure.


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Aug 20, 2010 18:33 as a reply to  @ Alikat's post |  #9

Both the boy and groom(?) look out of focus to me...that's more important than the blown sky. Colors, as mentioned earlier, are also 'off'...


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