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Dec 19, 2013 10:38 |  #31

tmoore323 wrote in post #16536392 (external link)
She is very lovely, my take on number 2:

Your edit knocked down the mole, but didn't remove it. I usually do that, too, & don't remove it/them unless the person asks for it.
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Dec 19, 2013 11:17 |  #32

Straight out of the camera, she looks perfect. The freckles are cute, and you should leave those features that make her who she is. Plastic is not attractive.




  
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Dec 19, 2013 11:57 |  #33

PhotosGuy wrote in post #16539734 (external link)
Your edit knocked down the mole, but didn't remove it. I usually do that, too, & don't remove it/them unless the person asks for it.
Trivia: "Way back when" they used to add one as a "Beauty mark" ; )

Thanks, yea I am not a fan of a lot of skin smoothing :)




  
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Dec 21, 2013 19:43 as a reply to  @ post 16535074 |  #34

To the OP I would definitely back off on skin smoothing.

I would follow M_Six's lead on this one. The skin looks much more natural. Another thing to remember is you don't want the model or others to realize you worked on the skin so imho natural is always better. Clean up blemishes (pimples, etc.), Smooth a bit and call it a day.

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Dec 25, 2013 02:23 as a reply to  @ Northwoods Bill's post |  #35

I see the photo was shot at 200mm. Just out of curiosity did you shoot this photo with a 70-200mm? The pic seems a little soft for a 5D II and probably could be a little sharper if you used a faster shutter speed as 1/60 for 200mm is a little slow. I also assumed you didn't use a flash as it isn't showing up in the pic information? If you did use a flash you might want to increase the power due to the distance to your subject as her hair and face perimeter is a little dark. You have a very pretty model here. My take of one of your pics is below....


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Dec 25, 2013 13:55 |  #36

Everyone's jumped on the editing kick and the OP has not granted permission. I personally have no idea why people work so hard to make skin look like shiny plastic. Her freckles are real. Use them.




  
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Dec 25, 2013 14:54 |  #37

I would say your processed images initially posted are way overdone. Way too much equalization and unnatural contrast. This girl has perfect skin so no need to soften the textures.

I hope you don't mind but I took your original to make this. First I adjusted the levels to get the contrast right, did a color balance (brought more red into and yellow out of mids and shadows), and some boost using vibrance. I then added vignette with some blurring toward the edges to focus attention on the face.

Pretty simple but sometimes simpler is better.

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Dec 25, 2013 15:00 |  #38

^^ great print by the way ^^
far more realistic. I am reminded of the way portraiture used to be when "what it is is what it is": gritty, real, and authentic. Then we fell on hard times when the air brushers started messing with cultural reality.




  
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Dec 26, 2013 16:25 |  #39

The images originally posted had a magenta/red cast to them and too much on the dark end. Is your computer screen calibrated?




  
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