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Old 03-02-2009, 11:38 PM
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I'm looking for some advice...I bought Scott Kelby's 7point system for photoshop. It seems to be a pretty good book for landscape pictures etc, but it doesn't really get into portraits or group photos. I don't necessarily want to make a lot of changes but I'd like my photos to 'POP'! Does anyone have tips tools they use on almost every photo?

Here's an example of a photo that I don't think is too bad but could use a little love. Thanks for any help!
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:43 AM
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Re: Beginner Help

make a copy
straighten
rough crop
levels
color corrections
fix the eyes, lips, teeth
soften the ladies some
fix what I feel needs fixing
then try to make the subject stand out from the background
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:11 AM
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My efforts : slight crop, adjusted color of groom's face, selective dodging/burning, and a selective exposure adjustment.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:19 PM
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thanks for the tips!
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Old 03-04-2009, 02:05 AM
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...I bought Scott Kelby's 7point system for photoshop.
haha, grab a beer mate, you just got ripped off !
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:50 AM
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Here is mine in painted look.

http://www.shrani.si/f/3L/jE/2KfMQEOd/weding21.jpg
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:52 PM
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Re: Beginner Help

I found this one particularly difficult with the odd color ballance, and the man's redness.

Used selective color for the CB
Hue/sat for the redness: pushed master hue right and desat reds
Exposure correction
Teeth whitened and brightned
D&B
Some minor glow added with bluring

Also did and artsy one...last picture.

Hope it helps,
-Keven
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:11 PM
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Decided to also do a more natural at request of GF.

-Keven
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Old 03-04-2009, 11:52 PM
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Re: Beginner Help

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make a copy
straighten
rough crop
levels
color corrections
fix the eyes, lips, teeth
soften the ladies some
fix what I feel needs fixing
then try to make the subject stand out from the background
Good m.o. and good results with it. Of course there are more ways than one. You did an especially good job on the gentleman's 'enthusiastic complexion', Ol'Baldy. I hope for the lady that wasn't a forecast of things to come.
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:27 AM
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Good m.o. and good results with it. Of course there are more ways than one. You did an especially good job on the gentleman's 'enthusiastic complexion', Ol'Baldy. I hope for the lady that wasn't a forecast of things to come.
haha this is actually a picture of the bride and her brother! He's probably ready for a beer, that's probably why he looks like that! Thanks for the ideas everyone I really appreciate it.
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