I practiced on a friend the other day. It was cloudy and slightly windy at times. I'm starting to process them so CC appreciated.
for the edit, i did a curves layer to get rid of some shadows. I notice now though that i lost some the 'blackness' of her jacket. is her hair blown on the right side?
Great edit. But I still feel she is a bit too yellow. Also, I think the focus fell on her jacket.
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You need to find better light. The SOOC shows that she doesn't have enough light in her eyes. You shouldn't have to fix black holes in post if you can prevent it. One good fix on a cloudy day is a well placed reflector, another is to get above your subject a bit.
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I agree with Amber. You need more light or a reflector. I also think the focus fell on her jacket. Did you sharpen for the web?
After you did your curves layer, you could do a selective color layer and boost the blacks a bit (or mask her jacket) to bring it back.
Keep at it!
that's great that you were able to practice on a friend!
I agree with the CC above. her face seems soft, and that's because of the jacket focus. do you remember where you were toggling the focus points here? and I wonder if your camera was metering for the light on the water behind her. that might be a reason she's on the darker side.
do you have more from your practice?
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I'd have to say that with what you had to work with, your edit is pretty darn good! I do agree that when it's cloudy out, it's nice to have your subject looking up toward you so that you can maximize the amount of light that enters their eyes. You may want to shoot at an ap of 3.2 or so if your are just starting out. This will help you nail the focus a bit more but I think you are off to a great start!