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