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John Simmons / outlaw programmer wrote:
I'm sure this is partially caused by my lack of familiarity with Photoshop, but I'm equally sure that a large part of the problem is my camera settings and lighting techniques. I'm doing this on as small of a budget as I can get away with,


I have a lot of experience in photography and doing photo retouching work. I can give you a quick-but-effective fix for both the exposure and the white balance problems for the photos your already took.

Here are your photos using the corrections I want to show you:
Photo 1 - Before (top) and After (bottom)[^]
Photo 2 - Before (top) and After (bottom)[^]

1. Open the photo in Photoshop.
2. Type Ctrl-L (Image > Adjustments > Levels).
3. Change the "Channel" dropdown to "Red".
4. In the histogram (input levels), move the left slider (black) and right slider (white) until they just touch the middle bulk portion of the curve (Here[^] is what the red channel looks like when I'm done).
5. Repeat step 4 with both the "Blue Channel" and the "Green Channel".

I think your lighting setup is fine the way it is. If you were doing this professionally or doing a huge quantity of photos, we could get into better lighting setups and properly setting your white balance with an 18% grey card. But, without getting into the effort or expense, you can get pretty good results with a bit of post processing. 'Just my opinion.

Enjoy,
Robert C. Cartaino
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