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Unread 10-19-2014, 12:33 AM   #1
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Can this photo be fixed?

Ooook so my brother is refusing to learn how to edit his photos, so it's fallen upon me to do the post processing (not by choice it was a 'well you want cosplay photos then you better edit them yourself')

The photo in question is https://www.flickr.com/photos/90764563@N06/15384358320/
Now this is the cropped version due to him having a VERY odd habit of making me a small subject in 90% of everything he photographs.
But the problem I'm having is the white lines, which are supposed to be branches. Is there any way I can save this? It looks way too washed out to be saved but I need another photographers thoughts on it so he can stop blaming it's me not wanting to edit photos.
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Unread 10-19-2014, 10:39 PM   #2
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It's possible to clone those lines out but it would take probably at least an hour or two.....if you already know what you're doing. In a practical sense, no, I don't think it'd be possible to remove the blown out branches. I also think it's only one of many issues and wouldn't help it much. It looks like it was taken with a Rebel T3. A camera like that can take off-camera speedlites which I would invest in. Totally for a cheap setup would only be about $60-80 and would both eliminate the problems and improve the shot by a lot if you know how to use them.

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Agree with WJS. Possible to fix it, not practical to do so.

If you don't want to get involved with off-camera Speedlights, creative use of continuous lighting (such as hardware store work lights) can make for interesting nighttime photos. The benefit is that they're pretty easy to use because you can see where the light is going to go without having to wait for a flash to fire (and review the results). Just about anything is better than direct on-camera flash.
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Unread 10-20-2014, 12:16 PM   #4
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I am NOT a photographer, but some fool gave me a copy of photoshop and I butcher images now. I tried a quick'n'dirty removal of the brightness on the branches.

Even if you darken the branches, they have this white aura from the blowout that would be even harder to get rid of.

Example attached.branches - darken.jpg

I hope this helps to demonstrate what the real people were saying about how much work would be involved.
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Unread 10-20-2014, 04:15 PM   #5
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this sounds like a challenge!

gonna play with it after work,.hehe.
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Ooook so my brother is refusing to learn how to edit his photos, so it's fallen upon me to do the post processing (not by choice it was a 'well you want cosplay photos then you better edit them yourself')

The photo in question is https://www.flickr.com/photos/90764563@N06/15384358320/
Now this is the cropped version due to him having a VERY odd habit of making me a small subject in 90% of everything he photographs.
But the problem I'm having is the white lines, which are supposed to be branches. Is there any way I can save this? It looks way too washed out to be saved but I need another photographers thoughts on it so he can stop blaming it's me not wanting to edit photos.
EDIT:


ok here is a super fast mock of how it can be 'fixed',..super photoshopped feel free to bash!

http://www.cosplay.com/gallery/a219955/
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Unread 10-21-2014, 09:37 AM   #7
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ok here is a super fast mock of how it can be 'fixed',..super photoshopped feel free to bash!

http://www.cosplay.com/gallery/a219955/
May I bash you with applause? I want to be as good as you at photoshop!
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For future I've also seen people blow up a white plastic bag (like you get with groceries) and hold it over the flash to diffuse the light better. Just a quick and dirty option for the future.
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