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Family photo for xmas - help me improve it.

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Old 12-15-2007, 01:03 PM
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Newbie Family photo for xmas - help me improve it.

This picture i took today in a small appartment with kind of bad lightning conditions - and a very standard kit objective. It was really hard to get the litte baby smiling, just a bit.
I did use an external flash, but still there is a tiny bounce-shadow on the wall... should not be to hard to fix, and it might go away just be converting it to b/w.
Anyways it is supposed to be a christmas present for my mother in law. The subjects wants it in black and white. I thought you guys could help me with a little touch of magic.
I havent any specific ideas, so feel free beside that it should be black and white, and it will be devoloped at size 13 x 18 cm @ 300 dpi - so it needs a little cropping. Otherwise feel free to help me out here!

The fullsize photo is available at: http://www.bottern.dk/IMG_5905.JPG

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Old 12-15-2007, 03:22 PM
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Re: Family photo for xmas - help me improve it.

No offence because a lot of people are doing it but... you're not even asking for people to help you learn how to improve your skills. You didn't even give it a shot yourself. You're just asking for people to do for free what they usualy charge for under the pretence of helping...

And then I wonder why people are almost offended when I want to charge them for my time. I'll gladly show you the methods I would use to enhance that picture for free, but if you actually want someone to do the work for you why don't you just pick a user who's work you like and prices accomodate you and buy the service?

Sorry for the rant but this forum should be about learning how to improve our skills with photoshop, not doing freebies.
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:32 PM
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Re: Family photo for xmas - help me improve it.

I have to agree with your comment.
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:37 PM
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Re: Family photo for xmas - help me improve it.

easy way out for a freebie touch up is: copy to new layer...convert to black and white...open levels in adjustment layers and push up the white and mask out the humans! then the background will be white and everyone is happy merry touching!
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:37 PM
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Re: Family photo for xmas - help me improve it.

I am here to learn. Period. I have been working on my own version all night, link below. So if it wasnt to obvious in my first post, I would like to know the workflow.... & i am definitely NOT relying on that people would do the work for me.

http://www.bottern.dk/trine1.jpg
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:41 PM
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Re: Family photo for xmas - help me improve it.

trexx: I would just go for that one! Looks ok! People who is not into retouching doesn't see the details as people who like to retouch do!
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:42 PM
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Re: Family photo for xmas - help me improve it.

......but i would like somehelp with the dark circles below the females eyes. Greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:43 PM
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Re: Family photo for xmas - help me improve it.

superkoax -> u'r right about that!
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:44 PM
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Re: Family photo for xmas - help me improve it.

ok...copy the picture onto a new layer and use dodge tool set to a very light exposure around 3-5 % on midtone range and start to lighten the areas...don't take away everything and make it look natural, that means don't overdo it
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:55 PM
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Re: Family photo for xmas - help me improve it.

something like this? 5min with dodge!
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