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Dec 08, 2008 12:58 |  #1

Here is a photo I took of a 6 month old boy for the holidays....still working on editing the photos for the client. Just wondered what you think of this one. Thanks.

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Dec 08, 2008 14:32 |  #2

Did you use blurr in CS3 to paint over the arms?


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Dec 08, 2008 14:37 as a reply to  @ wallybud's post |  #3

I have CS2...I just duplicated the background layer, applied a lens blur to it. Then made a layer mask to remove the blur from the face.


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Dec 08, 2008 14:39 |  #4

What lens did you use...why not use the 1.8 at or around 2.0 to get that blue you wanted? I think to the client maybe the blur would not be noticeable as much, or it could bother them as it looks a little unnatural. Also you never know who has a photog in the family ;)

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Dec 08, 2008 14:58 as a reply to  @ wallybud's post |  #5

Well, maybe what I need to so is lessen the blur some. I was kind of thinking it was a little too much myself.

I shot it with my 24-70 f2.8. I could have shot it with my 85 at f 1.8 and achieved a more natural blur. I suppose it is a habit for me when in the studio (my basement studio) to shoot kids at a higher f-stop. I want their eyes to by in sharp focus, and since kids never stay still, I have got in the habit of shooting around f8-f11.


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Dec 08, 2008 15:01 |  #6

f8 f11! wow lol...wel you can do it in CS3 but use three different brushes to create a gradual blur instead of one solid blur...


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Dec 08, 2008 18:33 |  #7

The only thing I would blur post processing in this photo is his back leg... great photo :)


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Dec 08, 2008 18:47 |  #8

heathermarie wrote in post #6839681 (external link)
The only thing I would blur post processing in this photo is his back leg... great photo :)

Yeah, the blur seems more unnatural than anything else. I do like the focus of the face, but overall it seems a little too surreal.


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Dec 08, 2008 20:12 as a reply to  @ heathermarie's post |  #9

Okay. I know agree with everyone else that the blur is a bit too much. So here is a quick edit with just the leg blurred as suggested by heathermarie. Is this one better?

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Dec 08, 2008 20:58 |  #10

MUCH :)


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Dec 09, 2008 07:39 |  #11

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MUCH :)

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Dec 09, 2008 07:50 |  #12

The second shot is tops, georgeous little man :)


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Dec 09, 2008 09:25 |  #13

2nd is the winner. Great job!


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Dec 09, 2008 09:42 |  #14

B-H-P wrote in post #6840268 (external link)
Okay. I know agree with everyone else that the blur is a bit too much. So here is a quick edit with just the leg blurred as suggested by heathermarie. Is this one better?

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Yeah the blur looks natural now. Couple other things I've noticed. The top edge of the hat. Not sure if work has been done there or not, but it doesn't have the same texture as the other areas. It could be that your reds are oversaturating as well and you may have a big blob of red in the middle of the photo that looks more or less the same without detail if you turned up the saturation too much. I've been noticing in my own stuff that reds tend to be a little more of a problem than the rest of the colors with my canon gear. I have had some cases where the red bleeds over into other areas slightly for no reason that I've been able to determine (before processing).


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Dec 09, 2008 10:15 |  #15

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Yeah the blur looks natural now. Couple other things I've noticed. The top edge of the hat. Not sure if work has been done there or not, but it doesn't have the same texture as the other areas. It could be that your reds are oversaturating as well and you may have a big blob of red in the middle of the photo that looks more or less the same without detail if you turned up the saturation too much. I've been noticing in my own stuff that reds tend to be a little more of a problem than the rest of the colors with my canon gear. I have had some cases where the red bleeds over into other areas slightly for no reason that I've been able to determine (before processing).

The top edge of the hat did have some work done on it. I used Liquify in CS2 to help reshape the hat. As far as the saturation of the red...I don't remember messing with that. I will have to double check that.


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