Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2013 12:36 PM (in response to John McInnes)
Thanks for providing those examples John, they're great.
I've basically stopped editing photos in iPhoto, since summer 2012, because of these NEGATIVE changes by Apple. While it IS possible to get attractive results, it's really hard. If I try to edit a photo in iPhoto now, I end up really flat, dull looking images with ugly posterization in the highlights.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2013 10:04 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Thanks, Terence, I'll look into it.
Thanks to all who have taken an interest in this.
I still hope Apple will take heed and fix iPhoto. The old shadow recovery tool was really really good. (The new highlight recovery tool seems OK, by the way).
Currently Being ModeratedJun 8, 2013 2:39 PM (in response to John McInnes)
I've found a real solution to this problem.
Simply click on the Enhance button first. You'll notice that the Adjust sliders have moved (as you work expect) but that they now behave differently, as in, they now do what they used to do. Clicking on the Enhance button gives the Adjust sliders back their old (pre Summer 2012) qualities.
Whenever I want to edit a photo now, in iPhoto 9.4.3 (which is the current version), I simply click on the Enhance button first, and then go abouts making my own manual adjustments using the Adjust sliders.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2013 7:51 AM (in response to Reuben Feffer)
OK, I've taken some screenshots of iPhoto 9.4.3. Here is a really clear example. Here is some concrete proof.
In this first screenshot, I've gone into the Adjust tab, and moved the white Levels slider (from 100% down to 55%). Looks horrible and artificial, doesn't it.
In this second screenshot, I've done exactly the same thing. I've gone into the Adjust tab, and moved the white Levels slider (from 100% down to 55%). The only difference is, I clicked on the Enhance button first, and then put all the sliders back to their default positions. The result looks much better, doesn't it. This is what iPhoto used to do, when you moved the white Levels slider.
So there, I have two screenshots, both of iPhoto 9.4.3, both using the same photo, both with the Adjust sliders in exactly the same positions, but with dramatically different results. iPhoto 9.4.3 clearly has a bug.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 29, 2013 4:57 PM (in response to Reuben Feffer)
I have noted with interest Aplle's claim to have a new, improved higlight and shadow correction tool in Aperture.
A look at their own supposed example shows that it is no such thing.
The picture of the man and girl in the grassy field shows how the shadow correction takes a nice azure sky and turns it cyan.
Rubbish, Apple, absolute rubbish.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 29, 2013 5:50 PM (in response to John McInnes)
Further to this post, here's a comparison between, first, the before/after photo from the Aperture website, and, secondly, a crop of the left-hand (before) photo, shadow-corrected using Photoshop Elements version 6 (so obsolete).