9th December 2004, 01:27 PM
Hi, I've a picture here which is overexposed. Can anyone teach me the steps to make it just right?
I've right adjusting the constrast/brightness level but I guess there must be more advanced steps. Pardon me.
The full-sized picture is here.
The lady is wearing a light blue tee-shirt...similar to the baby. But the baby's clothes is less bright than the lady.
9th December 2004, 01:32 PM
- clour balance
- levels (the histogram)
9th December 2004, 01:33 PM
You might struggle with this one - once a photo is 'blown out' (i.e. all highlight detail gone) there is no information to recover. This is why, for example, Nikon cameras tend to under-expose, thus retain all highlight information. It's a lot easier to bring details out of shadows than salvage an overexposed photograph.
9th December 2004, 01:43 PM
Don't think you can save it.
9th December 2004, 02:50 PM
What's no longer there ( overly exposed till all you see is white ) is lose for good. The only way you can save that shot would be you get someone good are digital retouch work to actually DRAW in the details for you. As this is a more casual home shot...think it will be cheaper to reshoot this. This picture is not just over exposed. It is REALLY very exposed. The same can also be said about VERY under-exposed shots. Photoshop may be a very powerful software but there is only so much you can do to "magically" save pictures that is too far gone like in the case of your picture.
Don't believe all those spy movies you see on TV too much..alot of that so-called "power" to enhance all those badly shot picture, low resolution shot, blurry shots..etc are only possible in Hollywood Producer's make-believe mind. In reality, there is no way any kind of technology or AI that can repair something that is badly produced or lost on film or in digital.
I examine your picture on my own PC with Photoshop..from what I see you shot this using longer exposure ( 30 -0.8 sec) Hard to save much as the lady's hand shows sign of blur hand motion in the foreground and also on the baby's face.
Last edited by sammy888; 9th December 2004 at 02:57 PM.
9th December 2004, 03:26 PM
Time to test some painting work
9th December 2004, 03:43 PM
IMHO, better take another shot than waste time to savage this picture.
Originally Posted by tunster
Even you try all the tools from PS or methods from the net, it wouldn't be as good as a correct exposed one.
Sometime, you have to look at the picture, is it worth or possible to re-shoot it? If not. take a few shots at that time.
Hope this help.
13th December 2004, 10:54 AM
This is the best I can salvage...
14th December 2004, 12:41 AM
14th December 2004, 01:20 AM
Hope that this will do
Hope that this will do, cannot get much more from the picture
pm me with your email address if you want the full size image
pm me if you don't want the pix, so that I can delete it.
14th December 2004, 05:13 PM