Absolutely. And you can do it for free.
In a recent interview, I lit for the the close up, but when I pulled out my shot looked like this:
The glare off the bookcase completely overpowers my beautiful actress. I can't have people looking at the woodgrain instead of the girl. That just won't do.
So, I fired up GIMP and got busy.
After a few failed attempts, I got an image that worked. First, I created a duplicate layer of the blown out bookcase side and tweaked with the contrast until it was through the roof.
High Contrast Layer
"But hang on," some of you may say, "I can totally tell that was tweaked."
You're right. When I look at the image it looks forced, faked, unnatural. However, we both know that we're looking at an adjusted image. If I hadn't told you, you would just look at the person on screen and not even notice.
It's often hard to separate what "works" from what doesn't. So, to test my work, I show someone around me the clip and ask if anything bothers them about it. Sometimes they will say, "Well, the blue book is a little distracting."
Perfect. It's working. "Thanks."
However, someone may point out that the bookcase takes up too much of the frame. They're probably right, but I could help fix that problem by reducing the amount of color in my fixed bit and making it a bit darker. That may help.
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