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Chapter 15. Creating a Dream Image from ... > Correcting Color, Cropping, and Touc...

Correcting Color, Cropping, and Touching Up Blemishes

There are more kinds of blemishes than just the pimply-faced kind described in the preceding paragraph. The photo shown in Figure 15.1 contains plenty of those kinds of blemishes, but it also demonstrates many other problems that are a result of poor photography skills.

Here's the setting: my son's graduation day from high school. He has agreed to pose for some pictures. I start out like most people, taking many shots of him standing up straight and posing right into the camera, and at some point our pet cat strolls by wanting to grab some of the attention. As my son bends over to pet the cat, I steady the camera on the stairway railing to shoot one more picture. Later, when I look over the images, it turns out that this pose (or lack of posing) is the image I like best. But the image has many blemishes. The railing that I used to steady the camera is a huge blemish at the bottom part of the image. And the angle of the shot shows a reflection of the photographer (me) in the mirror on the background wall and a glaring flash off the camera as the picture was taken.


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