Bob The Fish from Alberta Canada, using Photoshop 7 with Windows Xp, writes in with:
[Quote:] I have some picks were the flash has made the fase and arms of the supject so bright i cant see. how do i fix this?
Here's certainly one way...
When the camera flash blows away important information you need to increase the density in those areas.
With the image open,
1) Drag the image layer in the Layers Palette to the "New Layer" button
2) Set the layer Blending Mode from "Normal" to "Multiply"
This doubles the density of the image.
If the darker areas are now too dark, set your brush to medium size, soft edge.
Switch to the Eraser tool and begin removing the new layer areas where the image is too dark. Be careful, and set the eraser to 50 to70% opacity so you can work up to the final desired level.
If the bright areas are still too bright, repeat steps above.
At some point you'll reach diminishing returns and the flash was just too bright for that subject in that setting.
TIP: Read the camera manual and find out how the camera sets its meter. Most digital cameras today have a two-stage shutter button... first stage sets the meter and focus and the second stage makes the exposure. The trick is to have the lens hot-spot see the area of correct exposure. So, experiment with pointing at a neutral color, press the shutter to the first "click" or stage, then move the view finder to the subject for correct cropping. See if that adjusts the flash strength.