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Old 01-03-2014, 07:59 PM
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Completely New and feeling lost

Ok... So I got my first DSLR (Nikon D3200) about a month ago and I have been playing with it trying to learn all the settings and take photos and whatnot... slowly I am starting to understand and grasp the concept behind the exposure triangle.

I just recently (like 1 week) started playing in PSE12 and I have a laptop which doesn't exactly provide the best color and is really working against me when it comes to editing. I ended up with a photo of my daughter that I have been playing with but some people tell me they love it some say it's too grey some say I need to sharpen the image... How do I sharpen the image?

Sorry y'all again I am new so forgive my lack of terminology lol

Ashley

I am also trying to figure out how to save the image small enough to attach...
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:07 PM
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Re: Completely New and feeling lost

Finally!! haha Yay for free actions!! Ok so what can I do to fix this?


Alexis Portrait_edited-6.jpg
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:36 PM
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Re: Completely New and feeling lost

I did not sharpen. I played with levels & color adjustments.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:16 AM
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Re: Completely New and feeling lost

I think the background is too distracting , you need to working with the raw file ...
I'm not a pro but this is my try
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:15 AM
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I'm not PRO too...

The photograph at itself is nicely done. Eyes are perfect focused! But the foto to "flat" - the skin is pale and a baby has so nice red cheeks.
So, I've play around with dodge&burn, levels and curves, saturation, vibrance and unsharp mask. Thats my interpretation.

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Old 01-04-2014, 10:34 PM
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Re: Completely New and feeling lost

So how would I accomplish those skin tones in PSE12? Thanks for the kind words about the photo and I agree that the background could have been better haha but we were just playing around in my front yard I have the file as RAW but I can't post that big of a file in the forum lol
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Old 01-05-2014, 04:22 AM
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Re: Completely New and feeling lost

The bright background with saturated colors is just distracting from your subject, especially given the . Understanding a bit about basic lighting and colors will help for future stuff, especially given the naturally delicate skintones of an infant. You can play with the color a bit, offsetting the background and maybe adding a little color to the child, but learning to pay attention in camera will go a lot further. The current generation of digital cameras is just amazing. Even a smartphone can take a nice vibrant image, so I don't think you will feel limited by hardware over the longer term.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:24 AM
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Re: Completely New and feeling lost

This is the colors and look I would use.
Cute Baby!
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