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Old 06-01-2004, 03:03 AM
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Better?

She's here.
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Old 06-02-2004, 02:26 AM
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An uninformed opinion

I don't know. Different yes.

While I like the removal of the batten(s) sticking from her head, the lightening [fill flash] seems in these <100k shots to have blown out the teeth and shot the detail of the hair. This young woman has increditable eyes, glad you brought them out. Only an uninformed opinion but I wouldn't have "improved' her complexion as much. To me She is quite pretty as a teen, why can't she have a few skin blemishes like freckles?

I have to respect the folks out here that make thier living taking and selling portraits. How do they "know" what will please the client?

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Old 06-02-2004, 08:42 AM
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It's over exposed. Move your levels shadow slider to the right.

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Old 06-02-2004, 08:51 PM
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You probably didn't, but it looks like you've used the red channel for luminosity, which I think is causing a loss in detail. I don't really notice a retouch of blemishes, but I do notice a difference in skin and eye color. The skin looks very pink, and the eyes too colorful (just my take). I fiddled around with the original image, and came up with this.
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Old 06-02-2004, 11:12 PM
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By the numbers, Vikki is just about bang on (maybe bang on givin different cals). I still find the lighting a little flat. Maybe needs to add an extra 1/2 to 1 stop on the shadow side. Probably just my own preference.

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Old 06-02-2004, 11:21 PM
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Lovely

Very well done Vikki, i really like what you have done with the picture. I am going to try your technique now.
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Old 06-02-2004, 11:24 PM
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Well Vikki i guess i was going to do it, but i see you didn't leave and instructions on how you did it.
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Old 06-03-2004, 02:00 AM
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Thank you Vikki. Please tell us your technique.
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Old 06-04-2004, 07:27 PM
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Sorry about not providing any instructions. I don't have a "regular" formula, or workflow, so it's kind of hard to document what I do. I sort of play around with this, tweak that, until I get the results I want. If you were watching me, you'd be seasick.
After the fact, I can't give the step-by-step, but I can say that the majority of the corrections were done with levels and selective color, adjustment layers. I did some dodging on her pupils to give them definition, and I darkened her lips, for the same reason.
Whenever I think about adjusting a photo with skin tones, that's what I concentrate on first. I've got a little trick I use to help me "see" if the skin tones look right. What I do is add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer over the main image, and reduce the saturation until the image appears to be grayscale. I then paint on the attached layer mask to reveal just the skin area. This allows me to see the skin tones without the distraction of other colors in the image. It's an excellent way to "see" color casts and problems. Now that I see what's wrong, I can add adjustment layers or tweak the underlying image layer until the skin tones look good.
Here's what it looks like: (this is an slow animation, so give it a minute to change)
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Old 06-04-2004, 07:55 PM
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Thats a cool tip. Thank you VeryVery much Vikki.
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