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This isn't overexposed in the sense of unrecoverable burn-out. It's just poorly lit from directly overhead.
Some reflection along the sides is desirable, just to give a sense of texture and surface. But the big blob of reflection in the middle should be eliminated, and you do that with the lighting setup. That's nothing Photoshop can fix, or at least not without some tedious and time-consuming work that will most likely end up looking fake.
I have to agree with D Fosse. The lighting is simply not great and it probably wouldn't hurt to do some prep on the leather as well.
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I agree the secret here is to take the photograph with well adjusted lighting, but sometimes that isn't an option. You can enhance the existing image in a million ways, but the trick is not to over do things and make the image look fake.
Above is your original and below a mildly enhanced version with more contrast between the shadows and highlights. The original purse or wallet-not sure what it is-looks quite old to me and a little battered. As Dag points out it has a horrible flare in the center, but the highlights at the edge does give it a three dimensional look
Mylenium first of all thank you for your response, what kind of prep on the leather would you recommend me to do the next time?
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I put a mask round it so it would show against a plain white fill background.
Then I converted to a smart object and used the camera raw filter.
On the main adjustments page I pulled down some of the highlights and increased the whites and decreased the blacks as well as increasing the clarity
But the main thing I did was go into the local adjustment brushes and applied them to the unwanted centre highlight - with contrast reduced, highlights reduced and whites reduced. The aim was to pull those bright highs down to a mid tone
I totally agree with you @Terri, I have to be as much accurate as I can, as a consumer I expect to receive a product as shown at the pictures whenever I buy something online.
Thats the reason I want to do things professionally, although is takes more time.
The thing is that photoshop for beginners is a challenge, because is a program design for professionals, so I must take it easy!
Thanks for your help.
I'm totally impressed with your explanation Dave, there's no doubt you master photoshop.
Next time I find the same problem I'll follow your recommendations!!
Thank you very much my friend.
I'd still recommend you look more closely at your lighting. It'll save you a ton of time and effort.