Can we talk about conversions?
I know we've talked about them quite a bit before, but I'd really like to get some different people's take on:
(1) What you look for in a good conversion, and
(2) What you try to achieve when you do conversions yourself.
The reason I'm asking is that I notice there are a few different 'styles' of conversions here; for example, El, Steph and Katie all have different conversion styles, to my eye. They all are great, but to me, have very different feels. I find that kind of interesting, since we all seem to agree on some basic principles of conversions, and yet have such different results sometimes.
Which leads me to the other reason I ask. Sometimes when I have asked for CC on my conversions, I've gotten the comment that the skin looks muddy. But in my case, I find that unless I blow the skin in portions, it always looks a little 'muddy'. What I'm trying to achieve is usually a good contrasty image without blown highlights or clipped blacks; but that doesn't seem to quite satisfy when I get CC. So I'm curious about what 'goals' or basics other people are trying to achieve when they do conversions, that I may be missing.