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    how to improve this image

    This photo was taken on my honeymoon, on my old camera a finepix s5600.

    I want to clean it up in photoshop and normally i don't get stumped, but this one is really stumping me and i'm not too sure what to do or how to do it, so i'm asking you to help me out.

    What can i do to make this photo pop.
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    Hard if not impossible to fix blown whites, although in this I dont think it really matters a great deal...the bright white looks refreshing as does the lovely blue.

    Just did a 1 minute edit, more could be done.....edit with CS3

    1...levels adjustment to darken and enhance blues and clarify water more.

    2...Alleviate some of the hot whites with the highlights slider in PS

    3...crop more of top to reduce amount of glare

    4... Cloned out some water glare using clone tool in PS

    next time do a "bomb"


    edit......I may have overdone the colour a bit using levels...easy fix
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    Mongo generally agrees with Seesee but with a little less contrast. Also for novelty try rotating 90 degrees in whichever direction look best.
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    thanks will have to try it out with the full size image now.

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    ok this is what i've done

    excuse the border

    adjusted the levels, and highlights
    cropped top and right

    my cloning i could have done a better job, but I'll still have a bit of a play with it later.

    but it is much improved
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonke View Post
    ok this is what i've done

    excuse the border

    adjusted the levels, and highlights
    cropped top and right

    my cloning i could have done a better job, but I'll still have a bit of a play with it later.

    but it is much improved
    Yep..that's what I should of done, Mongo had it pegged with his suggestions too.

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    just coz I'm a pedantic kind of person, I'd recommend to try a square crop too.

    diver to the RHS entering some empty water on the LHS.

    haven't tried it myself, just a thought.
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