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Sep 29, 2011 17:02 |  #1

My first time lighting a shoot, think it turned out pretty well. I want these to have a nice polished/professional look to them but beside the very basics, I'm lost.

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Boost contrast/fill light if necessary
Desaturate whole image slightly (by %20 or so)
Desaturate teeth
Brighten eyes

I get a good picture but it doesn't really have that "pro" look that I'm going for. Is that something I can gain through tweaks or is it simply my own shortcomings as a photog? :D

I use Photoshop and Lightroom.

Thanks in advance (feel free to edit as well)

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Sep 29, 2011 20:19 |  #2

I think you have a good start here. Take a look at some Photoshop actions and Lightroom actions here and experiment with different effect, then go from there. ;)
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=278550

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Sep 30, 2011 00:43 |  #3

Here is a edit I did.


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Sep 30, 2011 06:01 as a reply to  @ whoty's post |  #4

You went for a light-duty grunge look which isn't commonly used on females but it's not over the top. Scott Kelby's books could be some guidance here or a months membership at http://kelbytraining.c​om/ (external link)
Ignore the whoty edit...


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Sep 30, 2011 10:45 |  #5

I'd start by removing the interstate lampost in the background's tree line. I'd also like to compliment the great shot and also note that the lens flare looks like a crescent moon.


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Sep 30, 2011 13:19 |  #6

chauncey wrote in post #13186243 (external link)
You went for a light-duty grunge look which isn't commonly used on females but it's not over the top. Scott Kelby's books could be some guidance here or a months membership at http://kelbytraining.c​om/ (external link)
Ignore the whoty edit...

Ignore my edit? That's very classy. Why would you tell the op to ignore anyone's edit? You have been on this forum for a while now. Do you go around telling folks to ignore someone else's edits? That's very rude. The op stated feel free to edit,as he probably wanted to see what other options his photo has. Who knows if he likes my edit? Maybe he hate it,maybe he love it. It's his choice to ignore it or not.


BTW,why didn't you do an edit? Instead,you post a link...


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Sep 30, 2011 14:53 |  #7

Ever hear the expression "you can't put lipstick on a pig"? The lighting in this picture is terrible. I don't think any amount of PP will make it what it isn't. My honest opinion.




  
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Sep 30, 2011 17:27 |  #8

It looks like the back lighting is a bit too strong and the front is kinda flat/underexposed. It's not a terrible shot.


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Sep 30, 2011 17:47 |  #9

I never prefer subdued tones and muted colors with people, it makes them look like zombies half the time, and I doubt women would be flattered by these types of edits. I would change the color temp on the people to something warmer, run noise reduction and skin smoothing, and brighten the image a little bit. It'd be nice to have an even blue sky, but the background isn't a deal-breaker here if you edit the people good. They'd look at the shot and see how nice they look together and not pay much attention to the sky. I'd clone the birds out too, they look a little goofy in the shot...


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Sep 30, 2011 21:40 as a reply to  @ katodog's post |  #10

Wow.. now there is someone that knows how to use photoshop well.. I wish I could do that sorta stuff... Im still a noob at PP^^




  
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Oct 02, 2011 00:04 as a reply to  @ fstopnoob's post |  #11

My take:


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Oct 02, 2011 02:01 as a reply to  @ Frugal's post |  #12

my attempt at editing


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