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I managed 2 decent shots today after not getting anything good out of yesterday lol. (trying to practice every day)...

These are both manual 1/128, F/5.7, ISO200, no flash. Both in late-afternoon sunlight.

I'd read on Smugmug to ignore RGB and look at CMYK when checking skintones...however I didn't see CMYK values when hovering over the photo with the eyedropper (in PSP8 ), only RGB...I have to find out where the other values would be shown.
(I did find just now that you can split a photo into CMYK channels, which gives you the B&W "maps" for each color)
So, I looked at RGB since sunlight had tinted Eva's skin & hair lightly with orange...and I adjusted that way.

***my question: would you edit out the bevel in her glasses lens? (there's only one, on her left side)
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Steph if you see this, I tried the levels adjustment on a selection of glare in PSP but it was too gray so I used gamma correction and it worked! It reduced the whitish glare very nicely! thanks again for that tip!

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These are great in terms of color and exposure and all of those basics. She looks fantastic! Great job! Now you need to watch the background. That tire is really distracting and unattractive. I would find a spot where the background is more appealing.

I think it is up to you about the bevel. You are her mom. It is a lot of work to do for every pic you take of her. That is my hesitation.

So now just out of curiosity, does she have a bifocal in one eyeglass? (If so, as a child who had bifocals since the age of 3, when she is old enough to notice, get her blended bifocals so the line won't be there. She will thank you for it later! I still have them and love them!) Max doesn't need them yet and we will still have to see about the future.

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I can't comment on the other aspects yet as I just don't know enough, but if it were me I'd probably edit out the line, just because it's the first thing I saw. It's not changing your daughter just the accessory on her Biggrin

She really is a doll though, such a sweet little face.

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I agree, these look GREAT on coloring! Love that sweet little face. I have to agree about the tire. I understand though, it's tough to get that "shot" in that "spot" with a young one. You are doing great though! I need to get to looking at more stuff on PSP b/c you are inspiring me!

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It is the first thing I notice too (besides the darned truck tire, I know lol). Steph, yes it's a major bifocal on the left side, and only glass on the right side. The bevel/cut is extremely deep because of the correction they have to do for that eye. It is deeper than any other bifocal I've ever seen! I'm sure as she gets older and (hopefully) improves and/or gets her lens implant she won't need such a deep bevel anymore.

As for editing out the line, these 2 pics are the first where it was really so noticable that I thought about possibly editing it out. So I wouldn't do it in every picture, just the most affected ones.

Eva wasn't too cooperative for pictures yesterday so I took what I could get background-wise lol. I can probably clone out the tire. I have lots of cloning experience heheh.

Thanks for the compliments and cc! Smile

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Sadie, I just saw your post, thanks!!! Glad to hear someone else has PSP! I really do love mine because I've worked with it for many years even before getting into portrait photography, I used it heavily to make graphics, animations, wallpaper collages, etc. I did use lots of little pics in siggy graphics and wallpapers, so I did play a LOT with layering effects with pics. I LOVE doing that Smile

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color and focus look REALLY nice!!! The line is distracting, more so in #2. if you can clone it out, great. Otherwise, I think trying to shoot from above her might work better.

AND YAY for no glasses glare!

TFS!
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Wow I am actually shocked that it doesn't show more then! The pictures I have from when I was a kid are so much more obvious than that! Though this was in the day before high refractive index plastics and all the neat stuff they have these days.

Or perhaps I should be crediting your masterful photography skills!

So it sounds like her prescription is very different in each eye? I hope that you don't mind me asking. I had a similar issue as a child. I still do I guess but it is so much less pronounced. Is the difference in prescription the reason her eyes look different sizes? She always looks like she is giving this cute little wink.

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Color and focus look GREAT! It's up to you about the bifocal, I think I would do it only in special picures I was getting printed for myself or family. I'm adding you on flickr!

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Thanks GiGi! I'll try out more angles if I can, to minimize the line showing. Or, just take off her glasses lol. Yeah she does wink with her "bad" eye a lot. I noticed in my siggy pic that she actually didn't squint it Smile Story below!

Going off topic, but here's Eva's eye story....(long, sorry!!)
when Eva was 3 months old, her pedi found a tiny spot in her left eye during a routine visit. She suggested we take her to a pediatric opthamologist to rule out anything bad. We are soooooo glad we took her within a couple weeks from then because it turned out to be a cataract that had formed in utero, when her eye was forming. Had they not discovered it within a few weeks of when they did, she'd have gone blind in that eye.
So at age ~4 months old Eva had surgery on her left eye and they removed the cataract and basically her whole natural lens inside her eye. So immediately she had to begin wearing a huge thick contact lens in that eye, so that her vision could continue to develop. She still wears the contact 24/7, and will keep it until years from now when she could have a lens inserted back into her eyeball.
A few months after her 1st surgery, her eye began to cross, and by age ~16 months they decided to surgically straighten her eye. And then about a year ago she started to wear glasses to boost her vision even more. Also, since age ~5 months we've had to patch her good eye a few hours per day, to strengthen her "bad" eye.

As a result of all this, from the beginning I guess, her whole left iris/pupil is smaller than the right one. Possibly the whole eye is smaller, not sure.

I should try to get a pic of the cutout in her glasses.

BTW her right eye has perfect vision, no problems in that one. Hence the plain glass in the right side of her glasses.

Kris, thanks!!!! Oooh yay I have been trying to add more Flickr contacts so thanks! Sadie if you read this can I add you? What's your username there?

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YES! You can add me! I think it's just sadieruth....not really sure! Wink

ok, it's flickr.com/photos/sadieruth/
but everything is private, but once you add me than I'll make it to where it's not anymore for you.

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Thanks for the explanation. That is great that she has such good vision in her good eye! And awesome that you caught it so early. When will they do the lens surgery? I did not have a cataract but hardly use one eye due to what they think was an "accident" when I was delivered. I have horrible vision in my good eye though and was never a candidate for corrective surgery or patching because of my poor baseline vision. It appears that Max just inherited my poor vision in general and doesn't have the imbalance which further supports the idea that it was from the birth trauma.

I would also always close my bad eye because it was so much easier so that makes sense. My eyes are so much stronger though as an adult. But be prepared for some trouble learning how to park a car. It is very hard to do without full depth perception! But totally doable! Though I admit that I still will often make 3 rights to avoid a left just because of the depth perception issue.

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Interesting Steph! Funny you mention driving, because at one of Eva's recent checkups, the Opthamologist said that if Eva were a driver right now, the vision in her left (bad) eye is good enough that she could drive using just that eye. We thought that was cool info Smile but I can totally imagine that depth perception would be off, I can tell when I close one of my own eyes and look around. I've often wondered why Eva squints that eye a lot--probably more sensitive to light. It's definitely a problem when she has no lens in, then a bright light really bothers her! I can only imagine what that looks like to her!

Oh, there is no set age yet for her lens implantation, that is way off down the road after her eye is done growing, and depends on what happens from now to then I guess. For now it's just contact + glasses Sad

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OT: here are a couple pics of Eva's glasses (left side only) so you can hopefully see how deep they cut it!

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Thanks for sharing this. You little girl is just adorable in her glasses.

What is in your background here? I really like it. The bokeh looks really neat!

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Yes, I was wondering the same thing, the bokeh is stunning!

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Haha thanks! To take pics of her glasses, I attached my macro converter onto my T1i. At first I tried taking pics at the dining room table, holding the glass at just the right angle to show off the bevel...but it didn't show up well enough.

So I started holding them in the air over the floor, but that still wasn't showing it enough....so I ended up holding it in front of a big unopened box of one of those inflatable ball pit toys (it's a gift Eva got for Xmas from her grandma but we haven't opened the box yet!)

I could see the bevel cut really well in front of that box so I just held it there for the pics! Smile Her glasses were about 6-9 inches away from that box I think.

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I like the glasses photos, too. What a cool idea to use the ballpit as backdrop for the macro converter!

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Oh I want a macro lens so badly! Before I have our next LO, I'm totally getting a macro lens for little baby toes shots.

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Glad you like it so much! I also liked how the picture on the box showed off the magnification power of that section of her glasses lens. A lot more than a plain/solid background did.

I can't wait to buy a "real" macro lens for my T1i. This Raynox converter has been awesome though and I'll keep using it for sure! it's so easy to just snap on! Smile

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That is pretty cool! I agree, she is too cute!

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Thanks!

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I can only see the second pic and I didn't even notice the bevel until I started reading through the thread. But, I've also noticed I'm not as observant as others on this board, so take it for what it's worth Biggrin

Color and focus look great, though.

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Thanks, for some reason the 1st pic keeps disappearing now Sad sorry, I keep trying to figure out why, because it's still in Flickr where it should be...I'll keep trying. I just re-pasted the code and I see it now. Hope it stays that way....

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Bringing up this older thread, because I finally had a chance to work on editing out the truck tire that was botching up the one pic.

So, does this edit look natural enough? Should I go one step further and take out the whole little gray section at the right edge of the pic next to her head?

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You did a great job on cloning out the tire. I don't mind the sidewalk behind her head, but you can always try it just to see if YOU like it better!

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Great cloning job! I also don't mind the bit of grey behind her head but agree that if it bugs you, have a go at that too!

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Thank you both!!!