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My 19yo daughter (and a "before-and-after" processing shot in Lightroom) . . .

 
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Feb 20, 2012 08:10 |  #1

My daughter just had a birthday and wanted a portrait done yesterday -- the problem is that the light was almost gone and I told her it was too late. Well, we managed to catch the very last rays and get this result:

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But it did require a bit more extensive processing on my part! It's not a perfect portrait, but here is a before-and-after, done completely in Lightroom. Getting it right in the camera is always ideal, but not always possible. I know that Post-processing skills are a must in professional photography and something I keep working on.:

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Feb 20, 2012 09:18 |  #2

Beautiful shot/daughter!


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Feb 20, 2012 09:30 |  #3

I'd say the light was wonderful. Beautiful highlights on the hair from it. Excellent job PP as well.


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Feb 20, 2012 09:34 |  #4

nice work. knowing that the "before" shot is actually quite usable is what differentiates the pros from the joes.

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Feb 20, 2012 10:54 |  #5

Very nice PP indeed. May I ask? Was theirs mostly rendering lighting effects in Photoshop? Or can you share a few words that might inspire some research and learning?

Thanks for sharing


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Feb 20, 2012 11:46 |  #6

Numenorean wrote in post #13928964 (external link)
I'd say the light was wonderful. Beautiful highlights on the hair from it. Excellent job PP as well.

Yes, we just "caught" those last rays -- and had to stand on a picnic table to do that! (Ah, the "golden hour.") :)

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Very nice PP indeed. May I ask? Was theirs mostly rendering lighting effects in Photoshop? Or can you share a few words that might inspire some research and learning?

Thanks for sharing

I'm not exactly sure what you are asking here? I use Lightroom, not Photoshop. The light is natural but I, of course, enhanced it. I have looked at several tutorials online for tips and I have Scott Kelby's Lightroom 3 book. I also get a ton of tips right here on this board! I can't point to one source; I've just picked up tips all over -- sometimes just by looking at things like this before-and-after and playing around until I figure out how it's done. I'm happy to answer any specifics if I can. :)

(I should mention that I used a T2i +85 1.8 lens, thus little noise even when brightening things up.)


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Feb 20, 2012 12:29 |  #7

Thats great. I wish everyone here would post before and afters. There is so much misconception that some of these photos are coming right out of camera, even though they've been processed.


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Feb 20, 2012 13:09 |  #8

Wow, great job.




  
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Feb 20, 2012 14:34 |  #9

Yes, I process ALL my photos, but not to this extent. This was an extreme example and I would definitely recommend better light/getting it as right as possible in camera first (saves a LOT of time if nothing else!) :)


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Feb 20, 2012 16:20 as a reply to  @ YankeeMom's post |  #10

Well, I guess I'll be the dissenter........but only a tiny bit.

First though, your daughter is very pretty. And, I think the shot is good overall. However, it seems you processed her face with just a little too much light. Maybe it's just me but I think a tiny bit darker......would make her appear less pale.


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Feb 20, 2012 16:53 |  #11

Hmmm . . . by my monitor and histogram, the exposure looks about right. (But she really IS pale; I have had a hard time with her skin tone in the past.) Funny, I usually have problems with UNDER-exposing! (At least when I convert to jpeg.) Well, something I have to constantly work on for sure. :)


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Feb 21, 2012 02:45 |  #12

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Thats great. I wish everyone here would post before and afters. There is so much misconception that some of these photos are coming right out of camera, even though they've been processed.

That is the much more preferable way actually especially if the image needs to stand up to enlargement and other output requiring quality scrutiny.


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Feb 21, 2012 17:30 |  #13

Thanks -- and, yes, this kind of editing is tricky because it can make for a lot of "noise" if you don't have the right equipment/light. I generally avoid these kind of situations (bad light), but I'm glad I could salvage it.


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Feb 21, 2012 18:08 |  #14

excellent work and beautiful daughter!




  
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Feb 21, 2012 19:34 |  #15

wow great edit!, excellent photo


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