Old 12-18-2011, 10:17 PM   #1
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Got a shot this morning that has a major problem: The sky is blown out mostly. Its blueish amongst the trees, but goes white behind the trees as well. Any suggestions on fixing this? Any attempt at adding color results in the trees getting colored as well....

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Old 12-18-2011, 11:34 PM   #2
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The best approach for a major error in photography is to reshoot.
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Got a shot this morning that has a major problem: The sky is blown out mostly. Its blueish amongst the trees, but goes white behind the trees as well. Any suggestions on fixing this? Any attempt at adding color results in the trees getting colored as well....
How about sharing the actual image with us instead of trying to describe the situation so that more specific advice can be offered?
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How about sharing the actual image with us instead of trying to describe the situation so that more specific advice can be offered?
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:58 AM   #5
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well, the first step is to try to recover the highlights in your software. if that shot you posted is unaltered, it is not that bad.
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That's not fixable without a sky transplant. I opened the file up and it's just too far gone. Maybe there's more data in the raw file if you shoot raw.
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:55 AM   #7
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they gave it cloudy......

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This is why I always underexpose.
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This is why I always underexpose.
Once you've blown the highlights, you can't bring 'em back. But... if you underexpose, you introduce a lot of noise bringing the details back. AKA: "That looks like a painting".

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Once you've blown the highlights, you can't bring 'em back. But... if you underexpose, you introduce a lot of noise bringing the details back. AKA: "That looks like a painting".

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I had that problem with this shot.

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I was able to bring the highlights back with a few minor adjustments. It's very doable, but that's what everyone else always said. I guess I'm just plugging my shot? Nah, not at all.
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