How to edit your high-speed photography
01 Raw adjustments
Open the Raw start image in Adobe Camera Raw. On the Basic panel set Exposure to -0.20, Highlights to -57 and Whites to -68 to recover the clipped highlights. Set Shadows to +63 and Blacks to +40 to lighten the shadows, and set Contrast to +19. Click Open to open the image in Elements’ main editor.
02 Clone out the stick
Take the Clone Stamp tool, and set Size to 400px and Opacity to 100%. Alt-click to sample a clear area of the backdrop, and clone these pixels over the hand and stick. Zoom in to clone out the stick where it’s touching the balloon, and clone out the bits of green balloon visible that are behind the bursting balloon with water droplets and bits of the yellow backdrop.
03 Tidy up the backdrop
Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer and set Brightness to 51 and Contrast to 58. Next take the Brush tool, and set Size to 800px and Opacity to 25%. Alt-click a bright yellow tone in the image and paint over the backdrop, concentrating on the darker or lighter areas to even out the tones.
04 Finishing touches
Add a Levels adjustment layer and set Shadows to 43, Midtones to 1.41 and Highlights to 236 to brighten the image and boost the contrast. Press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E to created a merged layer. Take the Crop tool, and select Use Photo Ratio from the Crop Preset options. Crop in on the balloon to make it more prominent in the frame, and hit Enter to apply.
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