You might see what you can accomplish with Premiere Elements 11 Expert workspace
Adjust Tab/Adjust Palette/Lighting Panel expanded
as well as
fx Effects Tab
Three Way Color Correction
We will be watching for your results.
Thanks ATR, I will try that tonight and report back. Of course, the lightened area must not have sharp edges otherwise it will look like there is a box around my head!!! For stills using Lightroom 5.4, the 'radial filter' option is perfect for this. Gocat9.
Looking forward to your results.
I suspect that the Lighting Effect and its options should work for you.
Thanks for the follow up and trying the suggestions.
I tried all of those suggestions and did not get an acceptable result for any except for one, i.e. the fx Effects Tab Shadow/Highlight option. This option seems to intelligently analyze the video frames and only modify the shadow (or highlight I guess) areas without affecting the other areas of the frame, This option gave me a good result. The others suggestions affected the whole frame without improving just the taking head (in shadow) it appears.
Thanks for the great news that one of the suggestions, fx Effects' Shadows and Highlights worked for your project. Great job and great follow up. Much appreciated.