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Shadow/Highlights and use the default settings). Then throw a classic S-curve in curves to rebuild contrast. And last, slide the mid tone pointer in levels a touch towards highlights to emphasize the texture differences on the lower part of the mountain.—Jack HowardOnline Technology Editor This photo gets 4 stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system, it just needed a little work.

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This photo submitted by John Holthaus is just too flat and dark, overall. So let's see what we can do to increase snap, contrast and detail.
First, pull out shadow detail (Image>Adjust>Shadow/Highlights and use the default settings). Then throw a classic S-curve in curves to rebuild contrast. And last, slide the mid tone pointer in levels a touch towards highlights to emphasize the texture differences on the lower part of the mountain.
_—Jack Howard
Online Technology Editor

_This photo gets 4 stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system, it just needed a little work.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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