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Should I stop tinkering with colors & levels and just trust the camera ?

 
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Sep 05, 2011 19:18 |  #16

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Bring my image up in Bridge or Photoshop and look at the histogram. I see no blown areas in ACR.

They don't seem blown, just too bright. This is very subjective. It may well be my monitor, but I still have the same calibrator and the same pair of eyes I used last time...:cry:


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Sep 05, 2011 20:01 |  #17

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They don't seem blown, just too bright. This is very subjective. It may well be my monitor, but I still have the same calibrator and the same pair of eyes I used last time...:cry:

Would they be the same eyes that started this thread?:lol:


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Sep 05, 2011 20:05 as a reply to  @ Titus213's post |  #18

Titus edit, the face on my - calibrated - monitor looks a bit too bright, almost shiny especially on the bridge of the nose and under the eyes

Titus, your version looks good on my calibrated monitor. That would be subjectively good as well as no blown highlights. :rolleyes: The originals are underexposed.


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Sep 05, 2011 20:12 |  #19

It certainly does get to a subjective point. If the highlights aren't blown and the blacks aren't blocked up it becomes a matter of artistic taste and I'm the first to admit I'm not artist.

And my tastes are very suspect.


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Sep 05, 2011 20:27 as a reply to  @ Titus213's post |  #20

If the highlights aren't blown and the blacks aren't blocked up it becomes a matter of artistic taste

Within some latitude, well maybe. The OP's corrected version has too much magenta and waaay too much cyan on the bridge of her her nose - the brightest part of her face. If it looks right to the OP then their monitor calibration is off. Unless they're looking for some effect...


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Sep 06, 2011 22:39 |  #21

Well, here's the last change. I am done working on this one.


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Sep 07, 2011 00:43 |  #22

Doesn't look realistic at all. Judging by the catchlights in the original photo, the main light was coming from above and to the subject's left. So you'd expect that there would be some shadowing on the right side of the face, especially the nose, eye socket, and right side of the chin and neck. Your touchup suggests flat lighting coming from directly in front of the subject but we know that's not the case.

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