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Aug 15, 2011 11:47 |  #1

Should I lighten up the faces, especially of my daughter on the left ?

Also, is there too much red / yellow ? Does the color balance look OK ?


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Aug 15, 2011 12:14 |  #2

Before you do anything you should use levels and drag your white point in - that will help and answer your question. If you still want more on your left girl, use the dodge brush, soft the size of her face and give it 1 click (do these on a duplicate copy)
Your colour balance (WB) is good. You can warm it with "Photo Filter" - blue colour but I wouldn't.
NOTE I assume you have elements or photoshop or eqiv.




  
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Aug 15, 2011 12:20 |  #3

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Before you do anything you should use levels and drag your white point in - that will help and answer your question. If you still want more on your left girl, use the dodge brush, soft the size of her face and give it 1 click (do these on a duplicate copy)
Your colour balance (WB) is good. You can warm it with "Photo Filter" - blue colour but I wouldn't.
NOTE I assume you have elements or photoshop or eqiv.

Thanks. The problem is, I don't know if I want more light on the left; one of these situations where if you look at the photo long enough, you start seeing things. I am asking for opinions, at this point.


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Aug 15, 2011 12:36 as a reply to  @ Amamba's post |  #4

I think the white balance is fine but the image appears to be under exposed a bit. I don't know if you have photoshop or not but here is an edit I did. I used the 'highlights/shadows' adjustment to open up the shadows some then gave the image a bit of contrast. I also added a small amount of sharpening.


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Aug 15, 2011 13:04 as a reply to  @ navydoc's post |  #5

Using photoshop brightened the photo using levels adjustment. Dodged the shadows on the girls face and removed dark circles under the eyes.


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Aug 15, 2011 13:11 |  #6

Thanks, however the highlights on her face now seem a bit off..


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Aug 15, 2011 13:20 as a reply to  @ Amamba's post |  #7

I'm not sure whos edit you're referring to but here is a further edit. This time I did a curves adjustment layer mask to lighten the girls face on the left, a second curves mask to darken the other faces to better match the girl on the left, did a very small amount of smoothing and bumped contrast again.


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Aug 15, 2011 15:05 |  #8

Some excellent work.

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Aug 15, 2011 17:11 |  #9

Well, I did some subtle levels work on her face, this is the "finished" photo:


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Aug 15, 2011 17:14 |  #10

Well, I did some subtle levels work on her face, this is the "finished" photo:


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Aug 15, 2011 23:01 |  #11

I'm not going to comment on color (that'll be beating a dead horse at this point), but I am going to say that this is not a very attractive portrait. Get down to their eye level. Facial expressions are also not very attractive IMO.


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Aug 16, 2011 00:17 as a reply to  @ Nomofica's post |  #12

^^ Agreed. It's easier to take better composed photographs, than try to fix up ones that are not that great.


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