B05 Fix Photos That Are Too Dark or Too Light 2:07

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Fixing photos that are too light or
too dark

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Sometimes a photo captures
exactly the moment you want,

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but it's a little too light or too dark,

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it easy to fix this in iPhoto.

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First select the photo you want to adjust

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then click "Edit"

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and then "Adjust".

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The adjustment pane appears

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with sliders that make it simple to adjust

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many different visual
characteristics of your photo.

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In this photo, the overall exposure looks fine

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but the shadows are too dark.

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Move the shadow slider until
the darken areas in the photo look normal.

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The clouds in the background
are also a little bright,

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so move to highlight slider until the clouds

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appear with a bit more definition.

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After making any adjustment

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you can press the Shift key to quickly compare

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the edited photo to the original.

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If you don't like the adjustments
that you've made to a photo,

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you can click the "Reset" button
on the adjustment pane

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to bring it back to its original state

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and you can start over.

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iPhoto also accept images
that are shot in the raw format

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which gives you greater latitude
in the manipulation of your image.

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In this example the photo

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is clearly over exposed by the bright sunlight.

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By moving the exposure slider downward

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we can bring a photo into a more
balanced quality of light.

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Experiment with other adjustments
until the photo looks just right.

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When you're finished click "Done"

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and the adjustments
are incorporated into your photo.

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Even after you've made your adjustments

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iPhoto always keeps track of your original image.

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You can always go back to it by selecting a photo

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and then choosing "Photos"

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"Revert to original".

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Click OK and your photo is restored

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to the way it was originally taken.

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With iPhoto's adjustment tool

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you can turn your good photos
in the great photos.
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