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Kayem 11-24-2008 03:11 AM

First D&B attempt... Critiques?
 
I guess this is my first legitimate post. I've been lurking for a while just absorbing the wealth of information.

Anyway... below are links to my first D&B (via Soft Light) attempt. I should mention that it is a picture of me. I do realize the pic isn't great from a photographic standpoint (weird lighting and some strange color casts), but I figured it would be a good image to try my hand at skin retouching by D&B. My goal was to avoid taking it "too far" because I didn't want the obviously retouched look.

I should also mention that I had a sunburn about a week before the image was taken... and my forehead was peeling.. i didnt put too much effort into fixing it because I didnt feel up to the challenge of spot color correction. My primary concern was skin texture..

**view at full size**

http://www.kayemphotography.com/Reto...uch-before.jpg

http://www.kayemphotography.com/Reto...ouch-after.jpg

http://www.kayemphotography.com/Reto...-softlight.jpg

Thanks for taking a look.. I welcome all advice and criticism.

-Kayem

RedRum 11-24-2008 07:50 AM

Re: First D&B attempt... Critiques?
 
sorry, wrong Thread ;)

vapour 11-24-2008 11:47 AM

Re: First D&B attempt... Critiques?
 
Great work.

smak 11-24-2008 11:53 AM

Re: First D&B attempt... Critiques?
 
Looks good. Skin is smoothed and textures are maintained.

L33t 11-24-2008 12:43 PM

Re: First D&B attempt... Critiques?
 
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I let the image tell you what to do...

Kayem 11-24-2008 02:32 PM

Re: First D&B attempt... Critiques?
 
Thanks everyone!

Quote:

Originally Posted by L33t (Post 213020)
I let the image tell you what to do...

I'll agree with that :blush: I'll post the fix soon

Atom Kat 11-24-2008 11:56 PM

Re: First D&B attempt... Critiques?
 
Great work! Probably the only thing I would say is that for me, a very natural image like this should be kept as true to the subject as possible. So that means not taking out obvious freckles, smile lines or wrinkles that make the person who they are. I would personally soften some characteristic flaws, but not take them out entirely. There is no need, and for you in particular, you are handsome enough without too much work being done (I assume the model is yourself).
So a little less clean up perhaps :)

garibaldi 11-26-2008 04:48 PM

Re: First D&B attempt... Critiques?
 
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heres my attempt

Kayem 11-27-2008 02:26 AM

Re: First D&B attempt... Critiques?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by garibaldi (Post 213331)
heres my attempt

Thanks! I always wanted a mullet and uni-brow... you complete me

Anneke 11-27-2008 02:42 AM

Re: First D&B attempt... Critiques?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by garibaldi (Post 213331)
heres my attempt

Seriously, get a life!


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