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Old 05-21-2007, 07:36 PM
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Request Retouch Tips for this Photo

Looking for some ideas on what I could do next to improve this image -- would appreciate any suggestions.

This is a picture I shot of my stepdaughter over the weekend. I've already done a fair amount of cleaning and tweaking, but I'm not really sure where to go from here. The hair on the left is a mess, but I really hate working on hair. Hoping that someone may have a quick-fix suggestion for the hair. It appears that dodging and burning is popular amongst you fine folks, but I'm not certain how one chooses where to dodge and/or burn so, I'd be grateful for tips.

Also, I wasn't sure about the original crop. Is there too much empty space on the right?

If interested in a higher rez version:

http://www.pbase.com/jhpearce/image/79194661

Cheers!
Jay
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:59 PM
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Re: Request Retouch Tips for this Photo

This is my try. I am not a retoucher, but practice helps and this is a great picture.

Did a little on the hair. Darkened the lips. There are many dramatic looks that could be applied to this photo, but that is not my bag.

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Old 05-22-2007, 06:39 AM
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Re: Request Retouch Tips for this Photo

Here's my shot.

Lighten darkness under eye
Darken lips
Dodge/burn to smooth cheek
Tame a few stray hairs
Burn a few highlights (nose cheek)
Bit of blusher to add a "glow" to cheeks
Selective color to warm skintone
curves 1 to lighten eyes (compensate for selective color)
curves 2 to lighten whole thing

I'd love comments.

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Old 05-22-2007, 06:59 AM
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Re: Request Retouch Tips for this Photo

this my attempt...hopefully you like...can send you the psd if you want...if you like of course...i like :P

I dodged an burned the face, didn't do the hair...but healing brush an dpatch tool can do it for this small job...added a new background, maybe not the best one, but the empty space could be abit too empty for my taste,...added noise to the skin...then took up the contrast abit on the face...


Gerry
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:23 AM
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Re: Request Retouch Tips for this Photo

Hello
Here is my version, I did work on the hair some, and I tried to smooth out the neck crease (not very good at that kind of think). Dodged and burned to smooth skin. Then a second dodge and burn layer to add in the glamour on eyes, lips and shoulder.
And then I added a lighting effect. don't know if I like it or not?
Finally I did a levels adjustment to correct the color contrast.

What do you think?
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:41 AM
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Re: Request Retouch Tips for this Photo

added slight color to lips and cheeks, darkened eyes, healing brush, worked on hair, cropped. Wanted to lessen neck creases, but did not look right.
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Old 05-22-2007, 01:59 PM
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Re: Request Retouch Tips for this Photo

Hi Jay, and welcome.

Very pretty subject here, well lit and exposed. Here's my "opinion". The messy hair doesn't bother me. The one obvious stray can be cloned away easily. The compostion: I do think there's too much space on the right. If her gaze was in that direction, then yes, but it's not. The landscape orientation is also too passive; a portrait orientation would be more active. Her shoulder is too predominant. Maybe crop some away and get it into a shadow a bit. The eye's are the focal point -- accentuate them. The background color is too neutral. I like bluish as it recedes allowing the subject to project. The overall contrast is a bit flat, so yes D&B or a some other boost technique might be helpful.

I played a bit with it...
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:07 PM
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Re: Request Retouch Tips for this Photo

Thank you all for taking the time to give me those great suggestions. Recropping made a huge difference. I minimized a fold in her neck, added some eye shadow and matching lipstick (heh!), darkened the shoulder, steaked the hair, and boosted the overall contrast. That'll have to be good enough until she pays her cell phone bill!

(btw, these 100K attachments set the quality threshold pretty low, eh?)

Jay
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:10 PM
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Re: Request Retouch Tips for this Photo

here my try
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Old 05-24-2007, 07:32 AM
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Re: Request Retouch Tips for this Photo

Sorry went a little ott on this one.
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