I am struggling sooooo hard with the photo of the little girl on the bed. I feel like I can't get my pp right. I was wondering if anyone was up for playing with it and giving me steps. I have PSE though...
If you don't mind playing, pm me your email addy and I will email it to you. Also, let me know if you want the RAW file or JPEG.
You can send me the jpeg for a play photosbyejrussell @ gmail. com
Beth... mom to Andrea 7-26-97, Gavin 10-16-01, Kade 5-25-08 and Bentli Grace 09-09-09.
Here are a couple of plays - first color then black and white:
I am a believer in Vignetting to get your attention to your subject. Kind of like a spot light. Also, I tend to lean warm in my editing - not everyone prefers that - but I do. I added magentas and warmth (reds and yellows) but then took the yellow out of the shadows (around the nose area).
The file was very noisy so ran noiseware and portrature.
Thought it made a great BW as well.
Hope that helps some.
Editing to add that this was done in CS3. I am not all that familiar with Elements. I think that your edit is not horrible. I prefer doing all my edits with the raw files. Cropped to 4 5 ratio. Open, tweak color first. Then curves. Up the mid toes. Also added a little fill light for her face.
Open in photoshop, then played with color until I was happy. Vignetted heavily.
Cindy's edits look fantastic! Some day I will have to learn how to do vignetting with the software I use.
Married Anthony April 2, 2005
Nora born Feb. 14th, 2007
Micah born Jan. 20, 2009
Ok, here are my plays.
I adjusted white balance in ACR, added fill light, contrast, and vibrance boost. Did a slight noise reduction and took it into CS5. I cropped and did a content aware (though you could clone...and I should have since you have Elements vs. CS) on the tree leaves and light post. I dodged her face a bit and added a levels layer. Added a vingette and then sharpened.
BW conversion adjusted the different color elements.
I'm no expert, but I was happy with how they turned out Thanks for letting me play!