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Old 02-08-2005, 01:59 AM
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Smile Kindly critique my work - 50's wedding

Here are 2 wedding photos of my in-laws. I've reworked these photos over and over since 2002. Since I bought Katrin Eismann's "PS Restoration and Retouching" and found this great website, I can fairly say that my skill level improved. Well, not as good as the other members here though. I still have a long way to go.

Thank you, in advance.
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Old 02-08-2005, 05:24 AM
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Colorization

A very nice colorization and restoration of that photo. I'm just an amateur but it seems to me that the background color is very similar to the skin tones. Perhaps the background color of the wall should be changed some. I suspect a change in color of the background will have a strong influence on the foreground couple.
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Old 02-08-2005, 06:21 AM
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Background color

Phil, I copied the color on my own wedding photo. It has a pattern though and not plain like this. I'll try another background color. Thank you for your critique.

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Old 02-08-2005, 07:04 AM
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In my opinion, in the first picture the bride's veil is a little too opaque compared to how it was in the original.

Possibly the second would be improved with a little sharpening, and on my monitor the whites are just a touch blown out.

However, overall you have done a very good job.
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Old 02-08-2005, 08:14 AM
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First of all, very good work.

When I do weddings I usually use a magenta, blue or green background (as contrasting as I can to the wedding color scheme) and then digitally manipulate the background later to match the scheme of the wedding. In this case, I tried a nice muted blue. I agree about the veil being too opaque. I manipulated the green channel into a selection to adjust the color in the veil.

Other than those things, I ran selective color on it to tweak things a bit, and most importantly added a grain layer (6.25% gausian grain added to a 50% gray layer and blended at 4% with overlay) to overcome some of the plastic look inherent to reducing grain from the film.

Again nice work,

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Old 02-28-2005, 06:07 AM
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Smile Opaque veil, blown out whites, background color

Gary, the white IS blown out. I didn't check the info when using the levels adj layer.

Michael, I'm partial to magenta background, but I like the blue that you used on this one. I'm trying to copy what you did overall.

After adjusting the levels adjustment layer to subdue the whites, I can't seem to get the look I'm hoping for on the rest of the image. I'm trying to use the other adjustment layers. I'll post the edited photos after I'm satisfied.

Thank you.
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Old 03-04-2005, 03:05 AM
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edited photos

Here's the edited photos with new background color and opaque veil.
I added overlay layer filled with 50% gray, applied noise filter, as suggested, to avoid plastic look on the skin. Went on to apply stylize filter emboss on the overlay layer. I'm not sure if I applied too little since I can't see the difference or maybe there's something wrong with my eyes. Do I need to increase it?
What's the best way to deal with the grays on the hairline/forehead? I tried adding color burn layer. Is there another way?
I appreciate all your suggestions and comments. Thank you. You're all wonderful!

soleah
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Old 03-04-2005, 04:57 AM
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Wedding Couple

Well I like it. The blue does seem to be a nice background color for this couple. I would declare this project to be a "wrap."

The photo has a very pleasant ambience.
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Old 03-04-2005, 06:00 AM
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I like the blue background as well. What would really help this coloring would be to color the clothing. As it is now, they look grayscale.
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Old 03-04-2005, 07:40 AM
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Red face color clothing

Thank you, Phil & Vikki.

I concentrated too much on not blowing off the whites. The info palette reads 248,248,248. To top it off, I colored it white, as if that will make a difference!!!

I applied an off white color, more on the yellowish hue at 20%opacity. Is that good enough already?

I hope this wraps it up.

soleah
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