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Old 01-08-2007, 09:52 AM
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Re: Photo Advice Please

have to agree with davis, blur the background only, and a levels adjustment
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Old 01-08-2007, 10:12 AM
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Re: Photo Advice Please

Can't resist those loving smiles -- did a Color Selection adjustment to tone down cyan and magenta in his skin tone and whiten his shirt, selected the background and did hue/sat adjustment to darken and desaturate somewhat, then decided to blur it and adjust the color to a midnite blue rather than just desaturate. I thought that the colors in the background pulled attention away from the couple a bit and wanted to reduce that effect. I lightened/brightened their eyes, and ran a high-pass sharpening but reduced it to about 55% and gave her a bit of softening.

Edit: I am always tempted to take more evidence of age off, and when I'm working on friends and relatives, no one complains out loud about looking younger. I would probably try to go "too far" and then scale back according to the wishes of the customer, if they ever brought it up.
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Old 01-08-2007, 10:23 AM
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Re: Photo Advice Please

I would do just the following:

1) Color Correction
2) Contrast
3) Sharpening
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Old 01-08-2007, 12:08 PM
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Not got time to give too much detail, but did the following.

Extracted figures and sharpened them.
Blurred background with GB and applied graduated mask.
Desaturated reds to man's face, also added a touch of yellow with Color Balance to man's face, upped lighting and contrast on man's face.

Adjusted overall levels.
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Old 01-08-2007, 12:37 PM
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Re: Photo Advice Please

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Hi geru

From a person with many of those wrinkles believe me for themselves and family they don't need or want reminders of those badges of age... A softer picture is often desired.

I understand how photographers love the hard wrinkled true to life look but often families don't want it... I'll bet that is the case here... would be with me anyway... I see those damn wrinkles every day in the mirror and so do they... nice to be reminded of days gone bye.....after all that is the purpose of family photos...not to remind of infirmities and age.

Hmmmmmm....saying a lot about myself I think...oh well just another opinion.

Butch
Lol, I've got a few wrinkles myself.
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Old 01-08-2007, 12:40 PM
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i like the version you did Butch......i just tweaked the B & R channels a bit to neatralize the colors a bit, (yellow cast). Hope you dont mind, and nice job.
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Old 01-08-2007, 02:29 PM
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Hi KR

Not at all... that will teach me to listen to those skin tone snobs that say you sould have more yellow than magenta.. I thought it was a little too yellow myself

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Old 01-08-2007, 03:09 PM
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Re: Photo Advice Please

i did this in stages.

stage 1: crop. brighten and slightly contrast. mask his face and adjust colors with hue/sat.

stage 2. light retouch. remove small blemishes, etc.

stage 3. wrinkle reduction. didnt try to remove wrinkles, just reduce them a bit here and there.

stage 4. remove hand.

stage 5. remove background

stage 6. light usm and light clarify. image was slightly out of focus.

i dont entirely agree with mike about face-on shots like this. i think there is an acceptable class of family photos where you want the informal, face-on shot. you'll notice, though, that i removed the hand.
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Old 01-08-2007, 04:39 PM
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Re: Photo Advice Please

Daviskw..this ones for you..(I still like the wrinkles)
Lots of liquify and clone/healing brush..I hope I haven't upset Carnalsigh,
if so I can remove extreme retouch...
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Old 01-08-2007, 07:59 PM
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Re: Photo Advice Please

I really like your photo: candid/spontaneous shots of family. I used levels and curves to slightly adjust the colors and contrast. I used the unsharp mask to sharpen,
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