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How to Fix Backlit Ears in Photoshop

Backlighting– or placing your subject with their back to your light source– is one of my favorite ways to light my images. Sometimes, though, that backlighting can oversaturate your subjects ears, making them look too bright or neon-colored. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to fix backlit ears in Photoshop.

Fun tip: I’ve also used this same technique to remove strong color casts that have reflected onto a subjects skin when they are wearing bright or neon-colored clothing. Give it a try and see what you think!

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Backlighting is beautiful, but sometimes it's not so kind on a subject's ears. In this video, I'll show how to fix backlit ears in Photoshop!
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