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Old 07-13-2011, 05:55 PM
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Grandma a long time ago

Hey guys,

I'm no pro here, just practicing with some old family photographs.
I'm looking for some feedback on how I did here.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:08 AM
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Re: Grandma a long time ago

If these are early practice pieces I think you are heading in the right direction but all could be improved.

The following is just my opinion of course and is not intended to be hyper critical, but you did ask for opinion :-)

The portrait of the lady appears to be a touch too contrasty resulting in a loss of subtle gradation available in the original. It also suffers from too much red overall - I find the red shadows in particular to be slightly disturbing. There also seems to be an excess of yellow in hair highlights and on parts of shoulder and chest.
For the second image the B&W version from the original looks a little too flat and would benefit with a global tweak of contrast and possibly some local contrast control to hold everything in check. The colorised image also suffers from lack of punch and the resulting flesh tones look a little muddy.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:28 AM
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Re: Grandma a long time ago

It is my first retouch attempt :-(

Thanks a lot, this is just what I needed. I do this as a hobby and never get an expert's opinion.
Do you know where I can get online classes in PS? Something that involves homework and critique? I'd like to get better at this.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:03 AM
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Re: Grandma a long time ago

As a first attempt you have done very well indeed.

I have no experience of online classes instead I would suggest investing in some good books. For restoration I would recommend Katrin Eisman book Photoshop Restoration and Retouching (3rd Edition). There is a website where images can be downloaded to work alongside the text.

Hope this helps
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:43 PM
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Re: Grandma a long time ago

Here is another look.
You did great for the 1st time.
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Old 07-15-2011, 04:48 PM
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Re: Grandma a long time ago

wow.....I definitely have a long way to go :-) thanks so much.
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:46 PM
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Re: Grandma a long time ago

Welcome to the forums, kmenegazzo,
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It is my first retouch attempt :-(

Thanks a lot, this is just what I needed. I do this as a hobby and never get an expert's opinion.
Do you know where I can get online classes in PS? Something that involves homework and critique? I'd like to get better at this.
I don't know about on-line classes, but, if it's restoration that you're interested in, there's plenty of advice and techniques posted on here. I doubt that you'd get anything further from classes. Plenty of pics to practice on, and get feedback from, as well. And it'll save you money.
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