Motivation: There are all sorts of
new fangled Fill Flash tools
The rule of exposure for evening and sunset shots is expose
for the sky and let the other areas fall where they may. And
that is the approach taken by Carmen
at Flickr.com (see screenshot below). This is a superb
exposure for the evening clouds. But the foreground falls to
The first step is to mask off all of the foreground. The dark hills in the foreground form a natural line. In PaintShop pro mask right below this line by about 5-10 pixels and the 20-40 pixel feather will then blend the corrections gently into the background.
The screenshot above shows the Curves tool being used to to brighten the foreground. The amount chosen truly is a matter of taste. Note the 40 pixel feathering puts the edge of the mask well above the foreground line. Note also there is a slight lightening of the colors at this line. One could correct for this by moving the initial mask line down by about 20-30 pixels, but then this leaves a slightly darker edge along the ridge. Choose your poison.
But there is no doubt that the field colors are brought up
notably. So now we want to apply one of the new fangled fill
flashes. The problem is that although these tools are generally
smart about which pixels to change I like to mask off the
area that the FillFlash is applied to just to make sure. That
is what we have done in the screenshot below.
Finally we add two more touches to the image before we are
done. First using the new Saturation Up/Down tool in PaintShop
Pro X, we increase the saturation of the color of the leaves
in the trees along the hill side. Second we crop the bottom
of the image so that the plant directly echoes the shape of
the hill just above. Again these are changes to taste. The
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