Chapter 9. Common Problems and Their Cures

In This Chapter

  • Perfecting portraits of people

  • Hushing the noise in your images

  • Editing your digital landscape

Sometimes you take perfect photos of imperfect people, and sometimes you take imperfect photos of, well, imperfect people. (Even the top models benefit from a little Photoshopping.) Although capturing absolute reality is the goal of some artists and most photojournalists, the people in your photos probably prefer to look as good as you (and Photoshop) can make them look.

Common Problems and Their Cures

In this chapter, I present you with some basic techniques for curing many of the most common problems that you encounter as a photographer. I show you how to remove that spooky red-eye effect that appears when your camera's flash reflects off the blood vessels in the back of a subject's eyes. I also show you tricks for removing wrinkles, whitening teeth, and tightening waistlines. Digital noise (those distracting red, green, and blue pixels scattered in your image's shadows) is easy to minimize when you use the tricks here. At the end of the chapter, I cover how to remove some larger problems from images, such as distracting objects and ex-boyfriends. Throughout this chapter, I use real-world examples — the types of photos with which you're most likely to work. (After all, you probably don't get to shoot beautiful models all the time.)

Making People Prettier

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