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Titus Salt

By yorki50
Taken on a dull grey day hand held . a little dark at the top I feel . Any ideas on how to brighten that up without affecting the rest of the picture would be appreciated

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4012 Canada
22 Mar 2015 5:33PM
Im guessing you mean inside the dome over his head? Or is it that the jead is slightly darker?

Ue the shadow/highlight tool you have in CS. Image>adjustments>shadow/highlight. This will increase shadow detail, and if you do this using a layer copy, you can then make sure its applied only to the darker areas using a mask.

There is a negative to this though as it will amplify noise in the darks, and theres a god bit of noise there, so you can really only brighten the darker parts a little, safely.

Ive done this in the mod, along with a few more tweaks. It rotated a little ( there is a small white strip at the top where you were likely doing this anyway), and most of my effort has been on improving the statue detail. It needs to have a higher contrast, with the darkest area under the left arm, his right, made actually black, which helps a lot. This adjustment, as before, is applied only yo the statue itself. The image from the camera is naturally a compromise, so n post processing you can enhance one area over another.

Hope this helps,



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yorki50 4 5 Eritrea
22 Mar 2015 5:53PM
Thanks Willie I did straighten it a little and corrected the converging verticals . I will have a look at your mod and then try to put your suggestions into practice on photoshop
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2082 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2015 8:51PM
What a pity they had to place this statue in front of those shaped openings, Garrie. They have no consideration for photographersSmile!
Those openings are very bright and intrusive. I might be inclined to tone them down considerably.

You comment upon the dark area, but I don't see a problem with that. I would be more concerned about the detail in the statue, which Willie has addressed in his modification.

paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2015 7:11PM
A decent record. The dodge tool is meant for exactly this job. Select it with a sift large brush and only about 19% effect, then gently brush over the area a little at a time. Over do it and you loose contrast.

A very good investment is a drawing tablet. You need not spend a fortune on Wacon, Trust do an excellent range and they allow very carful adjustments. We are trained to use pencils, owns and brushes and a tablet simulates that.


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