The images above are cooked, and dry pasta, is pasta that has been out on a table for a few hours, it's still moist but alot has dried up.
Are you intending to use the image commercially?
I'm surprised to hear you don't have a digital camera at all. I thought anyone with a computer would have bunches of them nowadays (e.g., a few generations of dSLR, a point-and-shoot, one in a cell phone, a couple in an iPad, etc.)
I did not—and still do not—understand your request in your original post, and now your reply leaves me even more baffled.
I give up trying to get you to elaborate on what you want.
…is pasta that has been out on a table for a few hours, it's still moist but alot has dried up.
Well, I'm not in the habit of leaving dishes "out on a table for a few hours," not even for a few unnecessary minutes, so I wouldn't be able to help you at all, even if you rephrased your request.
The Google images, you posted, do you know how to remove the hightlight from those images ? I've tried with levels and the highpass filter etc, the results were, so/so.
You could try
• the Filter Minimum (possibly with some Gaussian Blur added and some noise if necessary) on a Smart Object copy,
• maybe set the Smart Object copy to Blend Mode Darken
• and apply the appropriate Layer Mask pr use the Blend If > Underlying Layer-settings to limit it to the bright spots.
"...do you know how to remove the hightlight from those images ? "
Cross Polarized Lighting.
. . . Cross Polarized Lighting.
Yup, that'll do it
But before anyone asks, No, you don't do this in Photoshop.
You do this with your camera and your lights when you shoot the photo.
Actually, a large, very soft light souce (or perhaps a diffused, bounce), above the pasta dish, will do it too.
For the Google Images posted, your technique worked as best as you could get. It wasn't perfect in the sharpen arena but it was better then having the highlights in the image.
Anyone willing to do the shot for me ?