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United Kingdom
Title: Great tit on a branch
Great tit on a branch (20)
tirc83 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 28] (675)

Shadow, highlight
Shadow, highlight
DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2005-04-04 11:01:39] [3]
I used several applications of the Photoshop CS Shadow/Highlight tool to brighten the tit. Then masked the background to darken and desaturate the background increasing separation of the foreground and background elements.
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South Africa
Title: How much is that dog  . . .Nikon D70
How much is that dog . . . (27)
Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)

Levels & Colour Balance
Levels & Colour Balance
DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-02 14:38:39] [5]
Loaded into Photoshop CS- applied sRGB profile.
Added a Levels adjustment layer (clicked auto levels)
Added a Colour Balance layer - and adjust colour balance of highlights/mid tones/shadows. NB I am not sure how to do this in other software, many have an auto colour correct, but it has to guess what the correct colour is rather than being explicitly told as in the case of this adjustment layer.
Added some sharpness to the image.
Saved and uploaded.

The easiest way to get colour balance correct in the first place is to shoot a grey card. This is a piece of card which is 18% grey (this to the human eye appears as mid-tone grey, half way between black and white). The camera may have an adustment so that you can set the white balance point to the value of the picture of the grey card. This will give more accurate colours in pictures you take in that light (however, if the light changes you need to shoot the grey card again).
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