Old 07-27-2007, 03:33 AM   #1
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Question overexposed correction in PS Elements

This was rejected for being overexposed.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=398493&key=0

Beyond darkening highlights, can someone please give me some recommendations. (I have a tendency to over edit and screw up the whole works - mainly because I am still trying to learn my way around )
I have PS Elements 4.
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:31 AM   #2
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Well, using the Shadow/Highlight tool worked pretty well in this case (highlight slider 6%, tonal width 70%, radius 30 px).

Other ways to kill overexposure would be curves (don't mess with it that much), levels (sometimes), gamma (used quite a bit), and even selective color. Don't have any specific techniques as it's all based on the image at hand...
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Here are the steps that I undertook to achieve the result pictured below. Many adjustments are subjective and will depend on your eyes, your display, and your color preferences.

It's an interesting shot, however I'm decidedly displeased by that light pole hovering in the center of the frame. There may be additional factors (like the pole) that resulted in the rejection.

1. Rotated photo to correct the leftward lean of the bridge.
2. Cropped photo to 3:2 aspect ration and eliminated empty foreground.
3. Diddled with "Shadow/Highlight tool," decreased highlights.
4. Corrected overall aqua color cast.
5. Corrected sickly "Kodachrome Green" sky with "Replace Color" action. Involved six tweaks to different tonal ranges.
6. Corrected "TrueGreen ChemLawn" foliage with "Replace Color" action. Involved two tweaks to different tonal ranges.
7. Diddled with curves.
8. Resized to 800x534
9. UnSharp Mask (20/1.0/1)

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6. Corrected "TrueGreen ChemLawn" foliage with "Replace Color" action.
Good one, John. And nice job on the tweak.
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Thanks for the help. Great learning session.
I still can't get it right though
After two more tries still no success http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...&key=732477283
So I think I'll just take my toys and go home

BTW I live on the "wet" coast - our grass is always green
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Well, using the Shadow/Highlight tool worked pretty well in this case (highlight slider 6%, tonal width 70%, radius 30 px).

Other ways to kill overexposure would be curves (don't mess with it that much), levels (sometimes), gamma (used quite a bit), and even selective color. Don't have any specific techniques as it's all based on the image at hand...
Thanks Ween, I had fun with your suggestions. I duplicated the picture 3 times and tried a different process you suggested on each one. It was interesting to see how the results varied in each picture.

But I guess the low sun, full on the white train and light grey bridge is too bright.
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:59 AM   #7
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I did selective color on one today using the Whites and it helped out quite a bit...
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Old 07-30-2007, 03:18 PM   #8
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Smile Made it

Went back to basics and cranked up the "darken highlights", gave the midtone contrast a +2, followed that with -2 or -3 on the brightness, and a -1 on the contrast.
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Old 07-30-2007, 05:26 PM   #9
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Good job, Jim! I know John voiced his displeasure of the utility pole, but at least you lined up perfectly with the upright support section of the bridge, making it the least distracting that it could be.

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