Okay, I'm working on Jack's portrait photo, for the wall in our family room. DH has picked this photo as "the one" that will grace the wall for 3-6 months (probably will do one again at 15 months, as I think I did for the other kids, definitely doing one at 18 months). I'm also posting this over on ILP to see what comments I get there too. Kinda testing the waters, so to speak.
Bear with me as I walk through the steps here. I confess in advance that I used an action, I just love how it looks. However, I have a new monitor and have tried tweaking the brightness but am not convinced I've got it just right. Calibrating isn't in the budget right now, but I'm going to put some money aside for it after I get back from an upcoming trip. that being said, please tell me if the action made it look really bright. I'll number my steps for ease of comments.
While I'm looking for comments only on the PPing, here's the details related to camera.
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Focal Length: 30 mm
ISO Speed: 400
I did not sharpen for web, and I apologize for that. I use Picasa for my resizing for web and watermarking, and just forgot to sharpen for web after that. But all other edits were in PSE7.
1. This is just the RAW file saved to jpg, absolutely nothing done to it.
5. then I ran the Coffeshop Perfect Portraits action from Rita, I love this action. but is it too bright?
7. then I sharpened for print, curious if you see the difference. I resized AFTER I sharpened.
And that's it. Part of me wonders if I should just stick with my own edit, keeping the levels and maybe doing an eye pop. It's just hard for me to tell from here if the action makes him too bright. Oh, and yes, he is pretty centered, but as I think I've shared here before, DH prefers the portraits centered. I'll slowly convert him but I don't have enough room in this frame to do differently this go around.