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Color correction is one thing….there are tons of software applications that digitally brighten, correct gamma, modify contrast, etc, (like: http://www.vreveal.com/videofix) but if you have what you thought was perfectly lit footage until the shadows started showing up you have two options: shoot all over again or be creative in editing with the footage you already have.
(Not that it matters now but I remember back in 2010 Lyric Media came out with a plugin that basically added a fill light in post to your footage. It was called “Shadow-Highlight”. I think it may still be compatible with the latest version of Final Cut Pro http://www.lyric.com/fcp-plugins/index.htm)
Headshots shot in HD that include harsh, dark shadows can be cropped to actually hide those shadows and, in turn, create an entirely new angle minus the poor lighting.
If someone lifts their hand or an object in your shot and it casts a huge shadow cut down on costs and simply create a cutaway until the shadow disappears in your original footage.
Colorize the footage: black or white and sepia tone dramatizes shadows.