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Jul 13, 2011 10:02 |  #1

So I get so many different comments about my photos I just really need someone who knows what they are doing to tell me what they think. I tried to blow out these photos to give a pleasant effect, but not sure it works. I can add the grays back, but not sure... Let me give you some before and afters and let me know what you think please.

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Jul 13, 2011 10:11 |  #2

Maybe pull back a tad on the first B&W , its this side of being blown, you still need details in high key.

Second..egads, was it the bow you were after?! Leave it in B&W as well...again, you need details in order for it to be high key that works.Making the blanket white really adds to the harsh lighting.


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Jul 13, 2011 10:20 |  #3

Thanks for the advice! I did notice I blew out the finger nails on my wife so it does need to be taken back, just the brightness and add contrast you think?

The second I was trying my first selective color shot...but I'll work on it and see what I can do.

Any other thoughts/help would be great. I really want to get these right!


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Jul 13, 2011 10:23 as a reply to  @ jerefish's post |  #4

Yep, the brightness can be lessened for sure..make some duplicates and see what happens.


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Jul 13, 2011 13:51 |  #5

The B&W versions are too blown out IMO.


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Jul 13, 2011 14:28 |  #6

Thanks!!! I will be working on that tonight. Might try some lightroom presets and modify them to the picture. Anything else just let me know...I want to get these right!


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Jul 13, 2011 14:52 as a reply to  @ jerefish's post |  #7

I don't use LR but if you have photoshop, you might try something like this.

I converted the image to B&W, removed the bg with a white layer below it. Then I did a curves adjustment on your wife and baby to lighten some. I also added a white vignette at the bottom so they would blend in with the bg somewhat. I also did a little smoothing to the image.


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Jul 13, 2011 14:59 |  #8

I like the first one; the conversion helped bring out her eyes,and has a nice, soft look to it.

The second one, I'd kill the selective color on; that one just looks like the bow is scaring the baby


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Jul 13, 2011 15:02 |  #9

jerefish wrote in post #12751359 (external link)
The second I was trying my first selective color shot...but I'll work on it and see what I can do.

You have achieved selective color, congratulations. Now go forth and sin no more... Selective color is a creative crutch and not a good one. Everybody tries it, and only in the rarest of occasions does it make a good photo. Good that you now have it out of your system.




  
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Jul 13, 2011 20:59 |  #10

navydoc wrote in post #12752651 (external link)
I don't use LR but if you have photoshop, you might try something like this.

I converted the image to B&W, removed the bg with a white layer below it. Then I did a curves adjustment on your wife and baby to lighten some. I also added a white vignette at the bottom so they would blend in with the bg somewhat. I also did a little smoothing to the image.

I love it! I'm not sure how to remove the bg and all a white layer but I'll have to learn. I have aperture, photoshop and lightroom. Thanks!

This is what I got on my re-edit, but looks like I need to work some more.

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Jul 14, 2011 05:09 |  #11

I like them but my wife and I said why can't we see the babies face in the mother baby shot?


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Jul 14, 2011 06:18 |  #12

I think NavyDoc did a good job on his edit.


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Jul 14, 2011 07:07 |  #13

I agree, now I just have to learn how to do that...


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