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03/17/2004 03:52:58 PM · #1
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My sister's wedding photos turned out really bad. I have 300 hundred images like this that I took. I need help to figure out how to correct the color of these images. I realize now that I needed to change the white balance on the camera but I can't fix it now. I have photoshop 7.0 and will be willing to buy any program that has a chance of fixing this. Any help would be great.

03/20/2004
I would like to thank everyone for their help. I think I have got many ideas and images that will get me started. A special thanks to scalvert and joanns whose images came out really good. There is hope in images even if it looks like nothing is possible. Once again thank you to everyone. Attached is a scalvert's latest attempt and my favorite.

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Message edited by author 2004-03-20 20:20:18.
03/17/2004 03:56:49 PM · #2
You'll need to post a working link first.
03/17/2004 03:59:14 PM · #3
If you apply a cooling filter in Photoshop CS you can get it looking like this:

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It's not perfect by any means, but it looks a bit more natural. It gives a kind of old-fashioned sepia feel, rather than bright yellow. I don't think there are enough colours in the original shot to get anything much better without using selection tools and doing 300 photos separately.

Maybe your best bet is to go for b&w pics?
03/17/2004 04:06:27 PM · #4
hi!
I can't see the image to identify the problem, but there are several plug-ins you may want to consider (depending on if the problem is grain or darkness). Here are some suggestions:

//graphicssoft.about.com/cs/increaseresolution/
//graphicssoft.about.com/cs/noisegrainreducers/
//graphicssoft.about.com/cs/pluginsfilters/

Believe it or not, I find the Kodak EasyShare software okay for some things (like increasing or decreasing the exposure). I do have a Kodak camera, but the software is free on the Kodak.com web site. The software isn't good for much else, but sometimes I increase/decrease exposure, save and then load the image up in PS.

Don't forget to check the product on www.epinions.com for personal reviews before you buy anything. It's a great site to let you know if there are any bugs in the software before you lay down a ton of cash.
03/17/2004 04:06:39 PM · #5
In case others can't see the original picture (Geocities does not allow remote linking to pictures) here it is...

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03/17/2004 04:07:54 PM · #6
By playing with color balance for just a quick moment, I was able to come up with this. I sure that it can be done better, this was just a fast experiment.

Barbara

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03/17/2004 04:08:25 PM · #7
I think these photos can be saved with a little effort.
03/17/2004 04:09:57 PM · #8
Dude, one of the best solutions will be to convert them to black and white. You'll need to do heavy editing on the ones that need to be in color.

Message edited by author 2004-03-17 16:10:22.
03/17/2004 04:10:43 PM · #9
Sorry... meant to include this link as well...
//graphicssoft.about.com/cs/photoshop/ht/apsunderexposed.htm
There are all kinds of tutorials on www.about.com for PhotoShop which may help you correct anything too yellow, etc.

Cheers!
03/17/2004 04:11:05 PM · #10
Originally posted by BAMartin:

By playing with color balance for just a quick moment, I was able to come up with this. I sure that it can be done better, this was just a fast experiment.

Barbara



Too yellow again!
03/17/2004 04:12:22 PM · #11
Yeh I agree with Jacko - convert to b&W and play with the contrast settings etc and you should be ok


03/17/2004 04:13:52 PM · #12
I second the suggestion to desaturate... plus some work on contrast etc too.

Some might have the photoshop skill to tweak reasonable colours from these but I know I couldn't do it well enough.


03/17/2004 04:14:59 PM · #13
I tried this in psp. There is a strong cast over the entire color range so it didn't come out really great.
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I think this one is too pink, maybe sepia would be nice?
03/17/2004 04:15:02 PM · #14
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Better? still jussst a quicky
03/17/2004 04:21:46 PM · #15
Level work the best, working in the individual channels, not on the combined channel.
03/17/2004 04:22:48 PM · #16
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It's going to be possible to get close. That's a real shame to have this happen, esp. on a special day like this!

I just fiddled around for a few minutes, but with concerted effort you should be able to salvage quite a few.

I suggest you write down everything you do as you do it and then create an action so you can automatically repeat it. This will take care of most of the work and then you can go back and tweak individual images.
03/17/2004 04:28:11 PM · #17
Converted to grey scale/boosted contrast/adjusted gamma/usm/cropped

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Message edited by author 2004-03-17 16:28:27.
03/17/2004 04:38:52 PM · #18
Not knowing the original colors of the dress & all, this was a fairly quick adjustments of levels & then selective colors. I think you should be able to salvage a decent # of them.

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Message edited by author 2004-03-17 16:39:34.
03/17/2004 04:44:05 PM · #19
Originally posted by chinstrap:

Converted to grey scale/boosted contrast/adjusted gamma/usm/cropped

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Isn't it amazing how B&W can save a photo like that!? I think it looks fanstastic in B&W.

Message edited by author 2004-03-17 16:44:25.
03/17/2004 04:48:09 PM · #20
Do you have any other images from the series online ?

Do any of those have something that you can be confident as being a mid grey colour ?

If so you can use this to work out the reference 'fix' that you need, using the grey dropper in the Levels command.

Basically, you want to set the eyedropper to a 3x3 or 5x5 sample, then add a levels adjustment layer. In the layer use the grey point eyedropper, click on the grey item and it should correct the image pretty well. You can make minor adjustments to the end points until you are happy. Once there, you can save this off and run it as an action/ apply it to all of the other images. Assuming the same white balance mistake was made on every shot, it should fix them all up.

The problem I see, is that the cast is so severe, that the blue channel is almost totally destroyed. This means a 'correct' fix is going to have a whole load of blue point noise in it, which you'll need to filter out later on.
03/17/2004 04:54:20 PM · #21
This is pretty washed out and has more of a red overtone but with larger originals you might have some more data that could be salvaged. This took a few layers with levels, curves, hue/saturation and color balance.

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03/17/2004 05:08:28 PM · #22
Isaac,

I feel your pain. Fortunately for you, Photoshop can fix just about anything. This was about 6 minutes of work using only Levels and Hue/Saturation. Given more time, I could probably do a little better. Most of the process can be saved as an action so you can Batch-fix the photos. PM me if you need more help and I'll see what I can do when I get home.

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03/17/2004 05:21:29 PM · #23
You can fix them - get the book Photoshop Restoration and Retouching by Katrin Eismann (see //www.digitalretouch.org/ ) Go to the site and check out the reader submissions - wow, what can be done!

As to the pic in question, would someone PLEASE straighten it! Those crooked stripes are driving me crazy (ok, crazier)

chris

scalvert - great job!

Message edited by author 2004-03-17 17:21:52.
03/17/2004 05:35:28 PM · #24
Another quick pass:

It would be better if we had an original with all the EXIF data to work with.

Image, Adjust, Level, Blue, 87, Red .75

Image, Adjust, Shadow/Highlight, Shadow 35/50/30, Highlight 0/0/0, Color Correction 0, Contrast 0

Image, Adjust, Selective Color, White - Black 75%, Black - Black +10%

Image, Adjust, Hue/Saturation -15%

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Straightened (quickly):

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Message edited by author 2004-03-17 17:59:41.
03/17/2004 05:41:55 PM · #25
I tried a cleanup on it too but i won't bother to post it. I would trash these and try again at your next opportunity.
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