Photo Editing – Correcting Overexposure   5 comments


When taking pictures, especially pictures of children, I often find it necessary to take pictures in less than ideal lighting situations.  Sometimes, this means that I’ll capture a great shot with less than ideal exposure.  Take the picture below, for instance.  This was taken of a little boy on a playground.  There were no trees to provide shade and the sun was shining directly on the right side of his face.  I ended up with a really cute photo, but half of his face was overexposed:

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This picture was too cute to trash, but I needed to do something about the right side of his face.  Once again, the kind people at the Flickr forums provided a solution.  Using the brush tool, I was able to custom select the color on the parts of the photo that were correctly exposed, and, lowering the opacity to about 40%, airbrush over the underexposed areas.  Then, using the clone tool (again at a low opacity), I added in a few wisps of hair along the forehead and ended up with a much better results:

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This tip was provided by Bella Valentina Photography on Flickr.  It definitely Works For Me!



Posted September 1, 2009 by Rina in Enhancements

5 responses to “Photo Editing – Correcting Overexposure

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  1. Wow, I have a lot to learn! I am interested in learning this and the after shot looks amazing.

  2. Awesome. That is a beautiful pic. I too have just discovered flickr but I don’t really know what I am doing as far as photography goes so my pics STILL aren’t this beautiful 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you both. I’m hoping to put up more posts in the future on the technical side of photography, and DSLR’s in particular. I’m still learning, too, and I figure I’ll share what I learn as I go!

  4. Rina,
    I think you should airbrush him an eyebrow, too!

  5. Hi Rina! Looks like your photography business is doing well. Congratulations! I’ve also been meaning to say thank you for the photobiz referral. Much appreciated!

    – Rachel

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