I was slightly worried about how this task would go. With no background and lightning controlled completely by me I was concerned not much would change between images without making them over or under exposed. That sort of held true, especially with the darker image, but the bright one turned out OK.
Dark Image Original
Dark Image Adjusted
Now the second image does look under-exposed, but she is meant to be wandering around in the dead of night, so I think it looks more accurate this way. It’s hard to tell, but it is also more vibrant.
One annoyance with this image is the eye glow. Because it’s hard to make out the hair that blocks her left eye the glow comes across an unbalanced, something I’ll have to be wary of in future.
Bright Image Original
Bright Image AdjustedAfter uploading this I’m now convinced it’s over exposed. I may have to resubmit this later when I get some time. This is why you always back-up your original images, lol.
I also have to say that I’m not a huge fan of the levels tool. Perhaps it was just my image choice or that I’m overlooking something but levels felt a little redundant when I could accomplish the same or better with the curves or vibrancy tools.
It was also interesting to see the Elf’s facial expression change slightly as the jpg compression kicked in, albeit minutely. Another thing I’ll have to watch out for in the future.