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The Photoshop® CS Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby

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Compensating for “Too Much Flash”

Don’t ya hate it when you open a photo and realize that either (a) the flash fired when it shouldn’t have; (b) you were too close to the subject to use the flash and they’re totally “blown out”; or (c) you’re simply not qualified to use a flash at all, and your flash unit should be forcibly taken from you, even if that means ripping it from the camera body? Here’s a quick fix to get your photo back from the “flash graveyard” while keeping your reputation, and camera parts, intact.

Step One.
Open the photo that is suffering from “flashaphobia.” In the example shown here, the flash, mounted on the camera body, washed out the entire subject (although the background behind him looks okay).

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Step Two. ...

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