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Nov 29, 2011 04:39 |  #1

Helped a friend to take some family pic. Trying a new PP technique but not sure if it fit others eye. Would like to get your C&C. Thanks in advance :)

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Nov 29, 2011 07:09 |  #2

I like the image. I find that it evokes happiness !


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Nov 29, 2011 07:23 |  #3

clone out the right side tree with balls it looks distracting


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Nov 29, 2011 07:45 |  #4

Thanks for the comments :) Please keep them coming


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Nov 29, 2011 07:48 |  #5

I like it as is except for her teeth. In the harsh light the yellow jumps out, so I would suggest some post on them. Don't make them look fake white, just back off the yellow.


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Nov 29, 2011 08:04 |  #6

How about posting the original?

Personally I don't like the edit for this particular photo. It looks like you boosted the midtone contrasts quite a bit. I have problems with the background and the halos around the subjects.


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Nov 29, 2011 08:55 |  #7

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Nov 29, 2011 09:16 |  #8

I'm not a fan of the skin in this technique. I'd rather see her skin softened and smoothed, the original already looks a bit harsh. IMHO, this is not flattering to her.


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Nov 29, 2011 09:38 |  #9

First, backgrounds really make a difference. I think this one is too busy and distracts from the people.

Second, my personal preference is to not have bright reflections on a subjects face, especially women. It seems that the light source from right of the camera was too bright, creating deep shadows and that reflection. The location of that flash was fine, but I would have preferred those shadows on her face to be filled in a lot more from another flash from the left. If you had only one flash unit with you, I would have placed it on the left side of the camera and diffused it a lot.

The spontaneous expression is very nice, and I'm sure she will treasure the photo even if other photographers have issues with your lighting.


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Nov 29, 2011 16:27 |  #10

Thanks guys :)


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Nov 30, 2011 02:59 |  #11

Did a quick edit,

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1. Straightened the horizon using lens correction filter
2. Duplicated the layer and used the dodge tool to make the lighting on their faces seem less "harsh"
3. Fixed most stray hairs with clone stamp tool, also cloned out some highlights on the womans face.
4. Softened their skin slightly, nothing fancy just used the blur tool
5. Whitened her teeth slightly as well

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Nov 30, 2011 05:09 |  #12

When I see portraits, the first thing I look at is skin tone. Sorry, but yours just doesnt look natural to me. I like the picture, but I would color balance the skin first. Watson is getting it.


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Nov 30, 2011 07:12 |  #13

Thanks Watson. Thanks heaps

I am not very good with photoshop, so I need to work on #2 a little.

Thanks heaps :)


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Nov 30, 2011 12:17 |  #14

the main problem here is that it is to dark in the shadows and to bright in the highlights.

By using a HDR cind of edit I adjusted that a bit.
The blown out part was made bether with clone tool.
At the end I adjusted values a few step on the dark side.

Sharpening was done only on her eyes, part of lips and some areas of her hair. It is only necesary to have some part sharp, that makes all of the picture look sharper. By editing, normaly the less you do, the more you achieve. It is bether to learn to stop the editing, than to use all tools available. An oversharpened picture or to much contrast, to strong colours or to soften skin is normaly not looking good.


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Nov 30, 2011 17:57 |  #15

Thanks Kent :)

Awesome, I got a lot out of this thread :)

really, really appreciate :)


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