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t3ichef
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Jan 07, 2013 17:59 |  #1

i purchased lightroom today, installed, and got to business.

now...im not a complete noob, since i've been using picasa for almost 2 years now...but when it comes to lightroom, i can't imagine ever getting to know every feature this thing has.

regardless...here's a candid snap of my wife which was post processed in lightroom.

before:after


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Jan 07, 2013 20:01 |  #2

Congrats! The Adobe site has some good tutorials that will help get you up to speed with LR pretty quickly, I'd definitely recommend checking them out along with continuing to experiment on your own.


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Jan 08, 2013 07:49 |  #3

looks good, a little on the cool side I'd warm it up a bit

a few tips i picked up i'd like to share for PPing people -

warmer is better, adjust your WB. you did a good job on the skin smoothing, what i have found is when doing females using the skin smooth brush, depending on the age of the female dont pull the clarity down so far, the older the people are, you want to allow some skin texture to show through.

males especially benefit from skin smoothing, though not as strong for women

spot edit skin blemishes, even the littlest ones, it makes a huge difference.

when your lighting isnt great, dodge the eye areas as much as you can.

use iris enhance to make eyes pop.

i cant tell if you used teeth whitening or if its just a product of the WB correction you did. but alway use it.

the goal inst to make people look face its to make them look good. good start.

add sharpening and mask almost the whole image to sharpen only the edge (in windows, hold ALT when you drag the slider to more easily see the adjustment being made)

avoid noise removal unless you absolutely need to, it really softens an image.


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Jan 08, 2013 10:08 |  #4

I think the first thing I would have done was take the crown off her head. Very distracting.




  
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Jan 08, 2013 10:38 |  #5

i really appreciate the feedback.

yes i did whiten the teeth and smooth the skin. thanks very much for your tips.

as for the crown...i want to remove it, but no idea how i would. :(. i figured id need photoshop. any tips?




  
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Jan 08, 2013 10:48 |  #6

Photoshop (the cheaper elements will do the trick) or GIMP for free. You have a nice plain wall to clone from.


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Jan 08, 2013 14:31 |  #7

I agree that the "after" picture looks too cold now. Cheeks are also a little too smooth now IMO.

mike_311 wrote in post #15460556 (external link)
males especially benefit from skin smoothing, though not as strong for women

This is somewhat subjective, but I rarely smooth male skin. For males, I just do spot correction and found that is plenty for most subjects. With males you want to retain their character and not make them look too much younger.

t3ichef wrote in post #15461198 (external link)
i figured id need photoshop. any tips?

mike_311 wrote in post #15461253 (external link)
Photoshop (the cheaper elements will do the trick) or GIMP for free. You have a nice plain wall to clone from.

Photoshop CS2 is free right now from Adobe.


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Jan 08, 2013 16:25 |  #8

You will love it, keep at it!


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Jan 09, 2013 05:55 |  #9

You are well on your way!




  
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