**New examples** Eye brightening attempt +conversion opinion ?

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**New examples** Eye brightening attempt +conversion opinion ?

So I had a quick go at trying to brighten Alaina's eyes in a snap I took of her today. How did I do on the overall edit, and also on her eyes.

Which conversion is your favorite? Is there something I could do better with it?

1. SOOC
DSC_9041

2. After some PP on the entire image
DSC_9041-2

3. After brightening her eyes (looks like I might have brightened the entire image again first...)
DSC_9041-3

4. 1st Conversion (DH's favorite)
DSC_9041-3bw

5. 2nd Conversion with more contrast
DSC_9041-4bw

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I am on my phone and so take this response with a grain of salt. It is hard to brighten eyes if there isn't any light on them. Was she facing the light source? I would suggest trying again and get some lights in her eyes. From what I can see it is too dark. Great job for getting this out there. Did the tutorial help?

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I kind of agree with El here. I think maybe we need to see the attempt on one where she's looking at the camera and has some light in the eyes. I do notice a difference though, but it's slight.

As far as the conversion goes, it just looks flat to me. Probably because there's not a lot of contrasting lights and darks.

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I agree, however, I can see a difference. I think you did a decent job without making it look overdone. My babies both have DARK brown eyes, so I understand the struggle!

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I can see the reflections you are brightening in her eyes, and it did work. But I agree she's turned away from the light and doesn't have enough in her eyes.

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These first two are older, but they are the first ones that came to mind when I tried to think of pictures I knew had pretty decent light directly into her eyes.

A. Before:
DSC_4741-2

After:
DSC_4741-3

B. Before:
DSC_4840-2_1

After:
DSC_4840-2_2

C. Before:
DSC_9010-3

After:
DSC_9010-4

ETA: After looking at them posted instead of toggling between the before and after, I decided to take this last one even further.... I'm just so scared of lightening TOO much.
C. Lightest
DSC_9010-5

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These are much nicer. Remember to mask back her skin. The skin in some of these are looking really bright. I like the last example best. Remember its all about looking natural - if you are seeing the whites of the eyes being overly bright then you went beyond the natural look. I think on your last example the third one - still looks pretty natural to me. Great job!

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Thanks. I went back and tried that first one again, being a little more aggressive. Here's what I got:

The original SOOC 1
DSC_9041

Newest edit: (better?)
DSC_9041-4