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Jul 20, 2008 21:10 |  #1

My baby girl just turned 7 months today! She gets so serious when mommy is behind the camera. What could I do to make the color/pic better?

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Jul 20, 2008 21:22 |  #2

Maybe a tad underexposed on the origional.
I think you did a great job on the edit though! You took a mediocre shot and turned it into a beautiful portrait.


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Jul 20, 2008 21:29 |  #3

great edit job.


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Jul 20, 2008 22:14 as a reply to  @ kevindar's post |  #4

Wow! Comments so quick! Thanks! I wish I could lighten up the darker gray around her though. Any suggestions? I did a vinette on the raw format, but I wasn't sure the best way to get it lighter around her.


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Jul 20, 2008 22:26 |  #5

If you turn on your "image editing ok" I will send you an edit and explain what i did to lighten it up


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Jul 21, 2008 09:42 as a reply to  @ christyjo2's post |  #6

I finally found where to turn image editing on. I'd love to see what you can do with the image. Please explain what you did so I can try too.


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Jul 21, 2008 13:43 |  #7

This is just a quick edit, nothing great. I just brightened your background, put a bit of a white vignette around it and sharpened etc. If i had the original pic at original size...i could have done more, but editing small pics tends to make them look grainy etc. As for brightening up the background...i can tell you how i usually do it. I sometimes tend to suck at explaining lol, but i will try.

1.I use my magic wand tool and select my subject. (if the subject has the same colors in it anywhere, as are used in the background...this might select part of your subject too, in this case make a duplicate copy) (will explain in a sec)

2. After selecting your subject, feather your selection. I usually feather mine about 11, but it will depend on the size of your picture.

3. After feathering, go into your levels and slide it until it is as bright white as you want it. this will brighten up your whole background, and take away any wrinkles it may have.

4. Ok...now for why you made a duplicate. IF your selection tool has grabbed part of your subject...then just copy paste your new brightened layer on top of the original. Then lower the opacity so you can see the original underneath enough, and erase the part of your subject back in that was colored over.

I hope i explained this ok. Sorry if i didnt. Just let me know if you need any help.

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Jul 21, 2008 20:18 as a reply to  @ christyjo2's post |  #8

Great! I was doing something similar, but didn't think to feather. So I ended up with harsh lines around the image if I wasn't 'perfect'. I will be using this technique from now on. Thanks!

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Jul 21, 2008 20:38 |  #9

Love the BW! Great edit!




  
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Jul 21, 2008 20:50 |  #10

Nice job and I like your shot but I would keep the photo #1 all in b&w. Anyway you have a beautiful girl :)




  
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Jul 21, 2008 20:50 |  #11

I agree with Noelle, the BW is the best!


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Jul 21, 2008 20:53 |  #12

I like the black & white photo the best...very cute girl :)


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Jul 21, 2008 20:56 as a reply to  @ StuffNJunk's post |  #13

I really like the edit, but think it would look beter w/o the selective coloring of the skirt. I'm usually a fan of selective coloring, but I think in this photo it draws attention away from her beautiful face.


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Jul 21, 2008 22:14 as a reply to  @ rmr21's post |  #14

Thanks for the comments. I'd have to agree that the B&W does look better. Here are a few more from the same shoot.

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