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Old 08-14-2005, 09:34 PM
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duv,

i borrowed your rendition. i just couldnt really see trying to improve on the job you'd already done. but i wanted to try something with this.

masked the bride and flowers with 'edit selection'. inverted. ran a contrast/brightness to darken.

ran an average blur on background in selection (mask)

inverted back. sharpened all on bride and flowers.

cleaned up lines around bride and dress.

slight smudge/push on bride's face and other skin areas to reduce .jpg and other artifacts.

done.

Craig
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Old 08-14-2005, 09:59 PM
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I like the concept Craig. I also thought the bouquet was too far out from the body making it look a wee bit awkward.

cheers
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Old 08-14-2005, 10:31 PM
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thanks duv. it was your basic work. i just touched up the background a bit.

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Old 08-14-2005, 10:38 PM
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OMG.....Everyone has done a WONDERFUL job working on this photo!!!!! Now how much do I owe each of you????
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Old 08-14-2005, 10:42 PM
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make a donation to the site and we'll call it even (seriously!)

and you're welcome

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Old 08-14-2005, 10:43 PM
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Talking Pretty Bride Needs a Spotlight!

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Originally Posted by Shutterbugladee
Hi! I am new to this site and I am begging for help! So please bear with me and advise me all you want on the best way for me to upload images and use this forum. I photographed a wedding yesterday and my lighting was TERRIBLE..I would like to upload a few photos and have someone advise me on how to use Photoshop (7.0) in correcting these photos.

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Hiya Shutterbug!
Well, as I can see it, this photograph is beautiful composition wise, and true, there's a lighting problem. But it's not nearly the disaster you are afraid it is!
I wouldn't dare alter your composition, as it makes a lovely statement. Rarely do you see the bride's dress shown off in a manner that compliments the design, the bride's figure, and captures her spirit. Good for you!

The thing I did was, to mask out the bride, by using magic wand, then when in mask mode, I simply took an erasor to the mask that was left where i didn't want it to be. Inverted the mask, added a gaussian blur to make the edges kinder, then darkened the background to make better use of the lighting that was there over the bride.
Added new lighting using my render lighting, then took a soft light brush, picked up her natural skin tone, and went over her skin shadows a bit.
Went into select colour, picked out the white, and removed the magenta and yellows til I was happy.
Sharpened the image edges, ran neat image to remove some of the JPG pixelization that showed up from the compression, not all though as you can see. Sorry.
And whala. What you have is a bit overdone lighting wise, but perhaps you can get the drift. Play with it, don't let it intimidate you!
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Old 08-14-2005, 10:49 PM
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I have Photoshop 7.0 and I have used the unsharp mask tool to do a little sharpening on images that are out of focus....but can anything be done to save this image??
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Old 08-14-2005, 10:59 PM
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Here's my try. I lowered the contrast, dodged the shadows on the arms and blurred the background instead of darkening it.

Pierre
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Old 08-14-2005, 11:00 PM
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Teri......I LOVE what you did! This is EXACTLY the way I wanted it to come out of the camera. Of course, I am totally confused on how to redo the photo like you have done but I will copy your directions and give it a try and play with it!!!

How much do you charge per image to retouch???
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Old 08-14-2005, 11:42 PM
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This is a happy occasion so I gave it more light. I also blurred the background again.

Pierre
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