Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” Shines a Spot Light on Faces in Shadows.
We all have wonderful photos of the performers in Disneyland. The problem with a large number of those photos is that the performer is looking downward, thus casting a shadow on their face.
Here is a picture that I took on the Mice Chat Photo Meet on Sunday of an adorable little Princess looking up at a drummer and him looking down at her. On the surface, it’s a wonderful photo, except for the fact that his face is cast in a shadow. Well, here’s a quick and easy way to fix that.
First I open the photo in Photoscape.
Then in the Filter Menu, click on Region Out of Focus.
That will bring up this window with all kinds of fun choices. For this photo we need to choose Brighten. Also make sure that the choice at the top of the page is set to Radial. This means it is a circular effect.
Notice the small yellow crosshairs on the sign. That is the thing we move around to place the effect exactly where we want it to be applied.
I moved the crosshairs right onto the drummers face and used the Level slider to adjust the amount of brightness to 58%. I also set the Size slider at 10% to adjust the size of the circle to fit only his face. You want to make sure you only get his face so he doesn’t have a halo around his head. I left the Feather at the standard 50%. Then just click OK.
Here is the final result.
Here are a few more Before & After examples of photos from the Tiana Mardi Gras Celebration that needed the same treatment.
For this one, I did the same thing on the girl on the rights face, clicked OK, then opened the same menu up again and did it to the guy on the lefts face.
I hope this little trick helps you shed some light on faces otherwise in the dark.
© Michael Greening 2011
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