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4 Ways to Repair Too Dark and Too Bright Photos

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Sometimes, photos leave some of their subjects in the dark, mainly because the camera used to take them cannot see as well as normal human eyes do. For instance, a scene in a pub would focus on either the band that is playing or the scene outside, but not both. This problem can be solved though, using a few tips courtesy of the clipping path company.

Recompose the Picture

This is the simplest way out. While taking the photo that has both very dark and very bright aspects, move the camera in such a way as to get rid of either one. If you are focusing on the band, then close the curtains, or photograph from the side of the window, with the crowd behind you.

Use Exposure Lock

If the photo cannot be recomposed, then make sure the camera clears up the part you want to focus on. This means the remainder of the photo will have either too little or too much exposure. It can be done by putting subject at the center, half depressing the shutter so as to get the focus and exposure locked. After that, move the camera in a way as to re-compose the image, and then fully depress the shutter.

Use Fill-in Flash

If there is a sunny background, but there is also shade blocking the light from your subject, use the flash. This may not seem right, but it sure works. The subject will look as bright as you need it to.

HDR Imaging

For this to work, the subject must be stationary, and the camera should be able to adjust exposure and give out RAW images. You will also need a tripod, as well as editing software such as Photoshop CS3.

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HDR places both very bright and very dark areas inside the same photo. For this, you will need to take several photos of the same thing, changing the exposure after each. Use the recommended settings at first, and then move to manual mode and set the aperture to the value it had for the first shot. Take a series of shots, each with a slightly different shutter speed. Overall, this will be around 5-10 shots. Import these into Photoshop and follow the steps for merging HDR photos.

These are some of the things you can do to make sure your photo subject is not obscured by the dark. This along with some image clipping steps should help you achieve optimal results.