fixing overblown highlights

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by hmai18, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. hmai18 macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2008
    Is there an easy to way to tone down the overblown highlights in this photo? A friend of mine asked me to create a print of this photo for the little leaguers he coaches.

  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    In general, if the photo was taken overexposed, then there is no way to replace the detail that has been blown out.

    Ask your friend if they have access to the original unprocessed photo file.
  3. hmai18 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2008
    I asked before I posted this one. This is the only version of the photo he has.

    Guess this'll have to do.

    On a related note, anybody have any creative ideas for something "fun" to do with this team photo?
  4. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    What, is the scene in the matrix or something...

    There IS no photo
  5. hmai18 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2008
    #6 on the thumbnail?

    Only the thumbnail ended up in negative after I hosted on imagevenue. The original image is fine.
  6. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2007
    I think you'd be better off trying to make the colours look a bit nicer.
  7. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    Bay Area
    Photo does not load for me when I click the thumbnail.
  8. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
  9. Whorehay macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2008
    Highlights are pretty hard to recover, especially without the original RAW. Even then, if a picture is taken and overexposed too much, the settings might not be able to recover it.
  10. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    If the thing that is blown out is the shy or clouds then you can find a nice sky photo you like and composit it in. If it's just a little bet of clouds then you can "clone in" that section.

    I've tried to simply tone it down by turning the bright white the a light gray. That looked even worse. Some times you can crop it out if it's in a part of the photo you can live without.
  11. szark macrumors 68030


    May 14, 2002
    It will probably load, it just takes a loooooooooooooong time. (for me anyway)

    After looking at the photo, I don't really have any suggestions other than what has already been suggested. Sorry.
  12. tradclimberjohn macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2008
    even though i can not see the image. if you have photoshop try adjustment shadows and highlights on a dup background layer
  13. Everythingisnt macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2008
    The highlights aren't that bad.. It's just the white on the shirts that are a bit contrasty and out of control.

    It's too bad because the image seems a little flat to me.. Maybe you should lower the exposure a tad and boost the contrast.

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