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Dec 10, 2009 14:15 |  #16

melissaandkris wrote in post #9172115 (external link)
I use paint shop pro x2. I use a P&S, the Canon S5. I think your Rebel should be able to outdo that all day long. I think almost all digital pictures (or the ones your gonna print or frame) could use some selective sharpening and touching up but that might just be me.

Here is a shot I got from filtered light coming in through my front door... (could use some backdrop smoothing)

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and this was through the patio door, i think with bounced flash also.
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Those photos are amazing! I love how clear his eyes are.




  
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Dec 10, 2009 21:00 |  #17

Here is direct window light into my little guys eyes. We're only a few feet from our back sliding door.

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Dec 10, 2009 21:22 |  #18

melissaandkris wrote in post #9172115 (external link)
I use paint shop pro x2.

Would you mind sharing how you made the eyes pop (specific workflow in PSP x2)?
I'm a total newb at post processing and happen to have a copy of psp x2...


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Dec 11, 2009 06:40 as a reply to  @ post 9172115 |  #19

Melissaandkris.... I am certainly not doubting the equipment... I am positive it is my technique.... I will get there... It has been a while since I have used a SLR. I am not good with editing programs, I can crop, remove red eye and apply filters; that is about all of my skill right now.


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Dec 13, 2009 00:05 as a reply to  @ froger25's post |  #20

MikeES wrote in post #9174445 (external link)
Would you mind sharing how you made the eyes pop (specific workflow in PSP x2)?
I'm a total newb at post processing and happen to have a copy of psp x2...

I don't have anything that I follow every time but generally I do any work to the image (curves, levels, contrast, sharpen) and then I select the eyes and use USM until it looks ok. I usually dodge the catch lights also and whiten the whites of the eyes if needed. You can also use the saturation, dodge or burn tool to help bring out the color more. I hope this helps you, sorry I can't be more specific.


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Dec 14, 2009 03:19 as a reply to  @ melissaandkris's post |  #21

I have used natural light from a window 5 foot back and above the subjects head.


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Dec 28, 2009 11:26 |  #22

If you are using Photoshop:

Use the magnetic lasso tool, set the feather to 5-10 and select the iris of the eye. Go to filters and use select unsharpen mask, play around with the settings (I usually keep the radius around 3-4, the amount around 100 and the threshold at zero). Then add a little saturation and possibly use the match color adjustment and add a little luminance.

Just make sure that you aren't so drastically changing the color of the eye that it changes to an unnatural color or starts to look fake.

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Dec 29, 2009 12:43 |  #23

Bad picture from a focus aspect but it does show the window light in her eyes.

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Jan 01, 2010 13:06 |  #24

stephbakes wrote in post #9276120 (external link)
If you are using Photoshop:

Use the magnetic lasso tool, set the feather to 5-10 and select the iris of the eye. Go to filters and use select unsharpen mask, play around with the settings (I usually keep the radius around 3-4, the amount around 100 and the threshold at zero). Then add a little saturation and possibly use the match color adjustment and add a little luminance.

Just make sure that you aren't so drastically changing the color of the eye that it changes to an unnatural color or starts to look fake.

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Awesome tip thank you!


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Jan 06, 2010 04:51 |  #25

melissaandkris wrote in post #9172115 (external link)
Here is a shot I got from filtered light coming in through my front door... (could use some backdrop smoothing)

That's really nice -- modern P&S cameras can do surprisingly well with loads of light.

I was about to start a thread with just this question when I came across this one.

Mostly the shots I get of his beautiful blue eyes are fairly dark, like the first one below, but once in a while I get them to glow, like the second. I'd love to develop a feel for how to set up the latter. Maybe a Lumiquest 80/20 to bounce some flash straight on or at a slight angle?


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Jan 10, 2010 22:53 |  #26

Advaitin, I love that photo of the girl in pink .Her eyes look beautiful. I will have to try the window lighting, if the kid will stay still


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Jan 10, 2010 23:01 |  #27

This one is with a bounce flash off the wall


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Jan 10, 2010 23:05 |  #28

gyounis wrote in post #9368822 (external link)
This one is with a bounce flash off the wall

Naked flash or diffused? Was it bounced behind you?


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Jan 10, 2010 23:10 |  #29

Actually, I take that back. Sorry...It was from 2008.

This shoot I used an off camera flash reflecting off a silver coated umbrella, at about 45-60 degree angle to her and pretty close in.

She was supposed to be against the white backdrop that you see on the left, but she moved around and hence the beige wall on the right.


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Jan 11, 2010 10:17 |  #30

gyounis wrote in post #9368878 (external link)
Actually, I take that back. Sorry...It was from 2008.
This shoot I used an off camera flash reflecting off a silver coated umbrella, at about 45-60 degree angle to her and pretty close in.
She was supposed to be against the white backdrop that you see on the left, but she moved around and hence the beige wall on the right.

I hear you wrt movement -- the biggest part of the battle with my son seems to be to get him to face me and not stuff a pacifier in. Lately he's been tricky, facing me and smiling just as I give up and lower the camera :mad:

I've thought about trying off-camera flash with an umbrella or softbox, but fear both getting in even deeper over my head, and my wife if I tried ;)


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