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  • How to fix exposure glow?

  • Tobin Bell

    March 4, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Hi there,
    I’ve tried to look after this exposure failure on the web but couldn’t even find how people call this.
    I made some photos in a community centre. On most photos there are some glowing outside the bodies who wear bright color / white clothes. Can I fix it somehow in Photoshop CC?

    Thank you!

    13170_dsc0466.jpg.zip
    13171_dsc0424.jpg.zip

  • Kalleheikki Kannisto

    March 6, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Here’s one way to lessen it (see attached). I had to reduce the image size to 25% to send you a layered PSD, so you will have to adjust the gaussian blur size for a larger image.

    13181_13171dsc0424small.psd.zip

    For a different look, you can use the Camera Raw filters Clarity and Dehaze, compensated with shadows and highlights and decrease in contrast. Will look rather different from your original, but quite good. To get the color closer to the original, you can overlay the original image in Color blend mode.

    Kalleheikki Kannisto
    Senior Graphic Designer

  • Tobin Bell

    March 8, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you very much!

    It’s a nice way to correct the glow, I was able to reproduce it on the original pictures, even if they become too contrasted, they’re still good.

    For the last tip “To get the color closer to the original, you can overlay the original image in Color blend mode.” I was confused, where should I set it in.

    Also wondering how to avoid that kind of glow in events shot in community centers and similar places. I used the automatic function (without flash) of my D5300 for these photos but I have only kit lenses. Does that mean it’s unable to shot those events without that glowing? It’s because the kit lense?

  • Kalleheikki Kannisto

    March 9, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Color: Put the original, uncorrected image on top of the layer stack and change the blending mode in the layers panel to “Color”

    Glow avoidance: Yes, it has to do with the quality of lens, lens anti-reflection coating, cleanliness of lens and well as the quality of the infrared filter in the camera (although that’s more rarely the problem). Bright light bounces back and forth between the individual lenses creating a glow. Or a dirty lens diffuses along the way before it hits the sensor. Or, could be there’s a sub-par IR filter in the camera, which can let infrared frequencies of light through which show up as glows.

    Cleaning the lens carefully would be the first thing to try.

    In the worst case you have some humidity build-up inside the lens, which can be caused from going from cold to warm environment too fast, which may require getting the lens cleaned professionally.

    Kalleheikki Kannisto
    Senior Graphic Designer

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