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Sun glare removal

Jonathan Hiott , Oct 17, 2006; 11:07 a.m.

I'm a Photoshop beginner looking to remove some sun glare from several photos. I've googled for tutorials or techniques but am having no luck. Also have searched this site but am not understanding the techniques involved. Any input or assistance is appreciated! Here is a photograph that needs the glare removed:

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(glare -- 768 x 1024 photo)


Mark U , Oct 17, 2006; 11:27 a.m.

The best way of dealing with it is to prevent it from being captured.


2 - use a lens that is less prone to flare

3 - adjust your composition slightly to avoid the sun (or other bright light) being in the frame

Rob Bernhard , Oct 17, 2006; 11:35 a.m.

I'm sure there are some Photoshop wizards out there that could do a pretty good job at fixing this, but they would be the sort of people you hire at hundreds of dollars an hour...

IMHO, either crop it out or dump the image. You're not going to be able to fix this in any way that looks half-way decent.

And yes, next time keep the sun out of the frame either with a lens hood or with different framing.

Ronald Moravec , Oct 17, 2006; 12:16 p.m.

These are easy to get with RF cameras. With a reflex, you can tell if the shade is going to work. If not, put the camera on a tripod and use your hand/hat to block the sun while looking thru the camera and making sure the hat does not get in the pic. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

This would hace been a better pic if you waited until the sun movedto the side and crosslite the mountain.

Jim Doty , Oct 17, 2006; 12:55 p.m.


It can be done but it will take some work. You will have to decide if it is worth the effort. Look here:

Katrin Eismann, Photoshop Retouching and Restoration, Third Edition, 2006, pp. 263-274.


John Bright , Oct 17, 2006; 01:31 p.m.

I just had a quick go at it in Photoshop. The tools I used were: Burn, Dodge, Clone, Magic-Wand, Curves, Desaturate, Curves again.

With the full file and a bit more time, you could probably make it quite respectable.

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(Edited -- 768 x 1024 photo)

Mark Pav , Oct 17, 2006; 04:25 p.m.

I suppose it depends on how fixed you want it. With the small file you've uploaded a few minutes gives you the result below. A larger file would take longer to mess around with and use slightly different techniques, but the results would also be of better quality.


1. Used a gradient fill and added noise to recreate the sky. 2. Use the clone stamp and healing patch to fix up the trees. 3. Used a dodge and burn layer to even out the light in the trees. 4. Slightly adjusted the contrast and so on of the entire image.

Pretty basic stuff, really and could be done in just a few quick minutes. A better result would require a bigger file and a few extra minutes.

Jonathan Hiott , Oct 23, 2006; 04:04 p.m.

Excellent Mark Pav! Thank you all for your input and responses.

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