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Need help with PP on some pics of my kids

 
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Dec 08, 2014 10:41 |  #1

Below are some pictures I took of my kids earlier this year that I'd like to print for my wife for Christmas.

I'd love some feedback / tips for edits to achieve better exposure and white balance. I use LR5.

Thanks in advance.

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Dec 08, 2014 11:35 |  #2

Remember that what ever PP you do to the photo the original is never changed. So why not take some time and experiment and see what you like and don't like. It's all personal taste.
The individual shots are definitely over exposed.



  
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Dec 10, 2014 19:31 |  #3

The first picture looks a little cool, so I'd warm up the white balance. The individual pictures do look overexposed to me too. If you shot in RAW, you can probably recover most of it. I don't use LR, so I don't know what the individual sliders are called. Also you can add some contrast, and see if it makes it better or worse. Darkening the edges a bit will help bring the eye to the subject. Sharpening the eyes in the last 2 pictures could be helpful too. Last picture might need a bit of contrast in the eyes, as the glasses seem to add some fogginess. Your kids pose so nicely for you, I am jealous.




  
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Dec 11, 2014 19:50 |  #4

Nice bokeh. With the shots that look a little overexposed, you could try working with the highlights/shadows sliders to recover some highlights and/or adjust the exposure slider. And yes, the first image could be a little warmer. There is a pole in the background of a couple of shots that you could also take care of pretty easily using the spot removal or cloning tool. I always like to finish off with a slight vignette to darken the edges and put emphasis on the subjects.




  
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Dec 12, 2014 09:09 |  #5

Great start. On the first, you are probably gonna want to reshoot that one if possible. Your youngest daughter is partially covered by your son. Your son is not even looking at the camera and does not have the best look on his face.
On the remaining shots you got some good suggestions on maybe pulling down the highlights and bumping clarity or contract until you get the color separation you want.
The spot healing will definitely take care of that pole in the images. And adding a vignette will definitely add something to the images.
One other thing you will want to watch out for is cropping images right at joints. In the first image, you could have taken a couple of steps back and gotten all of them in the composition. In the one with your oldest daughter, you cut her off right at both elbows. And your youngest, you could have again taken a step back and gotten her right hand in as well.
It would have definitely added to the overall composition.


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Dec 12, 2014 09:35 |  #6

I would reduce the saturation, at least on my screen, the reds are punchy. Add a bit of contrast, blur out the background and sharpen the foreground, and level it out a bit. This is purely subjective though.

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Dec 12, 2014 09:52 as a reply to  @ TeamSpeed's post |  #7

Nice work on the processing. I think it looks much better.




  
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