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Oct 30, 2011 00:29 |  #1

Here's the pic. I took with my relatively new 7D. The picture has not been photoshopped at all. Only the image was re-sized. I would love to see what some of you can come up with but enhancing the image, and please add comments as to what you did. It would help me learn how to improve my image quality. Thank You.


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Oct 30, 2011 02:15 |  #2

Here's an edit I did with Photoshop CS5. Just some basic stuff: brightness/contrast, changed the color tone (made it a little warmer), fiddled with the exposure, hightlights/shadows, vibrance/saturation. I think that's about it.


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Oct 30, 2011 03:28 |  #3

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Just some contrast, noise reduction and tone changes in LR3

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Oct 30, 2011 05:11 |  #4

BaghdadFred wrote in post #13327409 (external link)
Just some contrast, noise reduction and tone changes in LR3

the noise reduction is from lightroom ? never tried it, but it look LR is doing a nice job


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Oct 30, 2011 06:05 |  #5

Yeah LR3. Still some problems with the Hair, Eyes and the Teeth but its what we have to work with. Model looks better with a lighter complexion so its blown out a bit.


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Oct 30, 2011 07:22 |  #6

Bogino wrote in post #13327137 (external link)
Here's the pic. I took with my relatively new 7D. The picture has not been photoshopped at all. Only the image was re-sized. I would love to see what some of you can come up with but enhancing the image, and please add comments as to what you did. It would help me learn how to improve my image quality. Thank You.

You could start yourself by learning to get proper exposure and applying the proper white balance...


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Oct 30, 2011 08:49 as a reply to  @ argyle's post |  #7

I agree with Argyle that exposure and white balance are the two things that will make the biggest difference with this image. Here is an edit I did where I used CS5 and it's RAW editor to correct white balance, open up the shadows on the right side of her face using 'shadows/highlights' adjustments. I also smoothed her skin a bit using 'reduce noise' on a seperate layer and masking in over a sharpened layer below. I increased vibrance just a bit and cropped to move her off center.


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Oct 30, 2011 08:56 |  #8

I like this quick edit you did. Do you mind explaining what you did for the noise reduction in LR3? I just started playing with it.

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Oct 30, 2011 09:35 |  #9

Some great edits here. navydoc removed the curtain rod which shouldn't have been there in the first place, watch out for messy backgrounds. He also sharpened the image which helps immensely.
The plastic wrap on the flowers kills the shot for me, it should have been removed or covered up.
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Oct 30, 2011 09:57 as a reply to  @ jack lumber's post |  #10

I forgot to mention I removed the curtain rod. :confused:

Here is a further edit with the white balance a bit cooler and a blur vignette to soften the background somewhat. I also bumped up the contrast a tiny bit for this edit and did a curves adjustment.


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Oct 30, 2011 15:35 |  #11

I appreciate all the comments and feedback. Navydoc you're revisions look fabulous. How did you get rid of the curtain rod (I have Lightroom 3 and PSE 7 in my PC)?

Since I'm new to the Canon 7D I relied on "automatic" and had the camera on the "CA" function. Out of 50 - 60 pictures a handful of them (maybe 16) came out decent enough whereby with some Photoshop I felt a mediocre picture could be turned into a nice one. What suggestions would anyone have going forward? Focus more on "Manual"? Any further tip appreciated. Thank You.


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Oct 30, 2011 16:03 |  #12

How about posting the original image with the EXIF intact?


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Oct 30, 2011 16:07 |  #13

PixelMagic wrote in post #13329322 (external link)
How about posting the original image with the EXIF intact?

Not sure what that is. Please advise. Thx.


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Oct 30, 2011 16:23 |  #14

Here's an explanation of what EXIF is: http://www.digicamhelp​.com/glossary/exif-data/ (external link)

You can upload a copy of the photo that came straight out of the camera to a photo hosting site like Imgur (external link) and paste the link in this thread. Having that info makes it easier to retouch and to offer advice.


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Oct 30, 2011 16:29 |  #15

Not quite fair to let us work on the low-res copy but whatever:

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edit:
- white balance
- lighten skin, with several layers of boosted mids and layer mask
- LAB color push (multiply A and B, s-curve in L)
- tone mapping
- run of the mill skin smoothing
- using heal to get rid of some color artifacts
- use clone to repair right eye lower line as well as teeth/lip line
- lighten teeth
- desaturate teeth
- more cloning to restore lines
- sharpen: eyes, some dress details

Too lazy to fix the light line above the lips

I guess this customer might want a more alabaster skin color, might want to ask.

My imagine composition sucks. I need a heavier lens.

  
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