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Old 12-30-2007, 02:46 AM
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Re: Large family Portrait help

Hi Falcon,

I chose one of the colours from the outer edge of the window and think that it is too dark, I would try with the lighter one in between the windows.

I cropped the image, used levels adjustment layer. Take snapshot of image. New layer, fill with chosen colour from the wall or wherever. I took the opacity of the fill layer down while I did the next step. Use the history brush to paint the people from the original image onto the fill layer, just be a little careful around the outlines against the new wall colour. didn't do anything with the wall unit but you could do a similar thing with it.
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Old 12-30-2007, 03:53 AM
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Re: Large family Portrait help

Alison, I think the crop you show is the way to go..

falcon, I think replacing the background with this large group would diminish the ambiance of the photo.. The curtains, windows, and wall unit establish the location where everyone gathered and with the judicious crop Alison offered, there is just a hint of the natural location and it is not overpowering (Maybe adding a touch of color to the center wall at the top of the picture where it is so bright from the color on the wall to the left, just to subdue it a little and even things out so the eye is not drawn there, would be the only way I would change the background)

For that large of a group I think the photographer did an Excellent Job!!

Way to GO falcon... Nice shot!!

Brightening the back rows just a tad should be done as well as an overall curves adjustment and sharpening and you will have a great print..

I used the ladies eyes in the brown striped sweater in the back row to open the womans eyes (selected both, copied, pasted, moved to other lady then free transformed to size and rotate a little)
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:51 AM
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Re: Large family Portrait help

Hi Granny,

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Alison, I think the crop you show is the way to go..
I think it's the only thing to do with so many people in the photo The most important thing is to at least get all the faces in the image

I blindly cropped the image as well, so what will fit in there at an 10 x 8 or higher crop is another thing altogether.

Falcon did a great job with the photo in the first place
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:19 AM
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Re: Large family Portrait help

That black thing on the right is really distracting, and I think it should be cropped as well. something like this maybe.

Granny, you have the right idea, but the they way they are on the blue background makes them appear like they are floating. They need some shadows or something.

I like to keep something to anchor the subjects, so I deleted the windows, and that distracting reflection, and extended the floor a bit. I think that keeping the room makes them appear to be in a natural setting.

By the way Falcon, That's a really nice looking group photo.
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:34 AM
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Re: Large family Portrait help

I like that idea removed the cabinet and windows. thanks
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