CC on headshots please JMK

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CC on headshots please JMK

Actually it's JMN (niece!)

She's 7 and wasn't really a willing participant this day. Ignore the background - super wrinkled sheet and her shirt was a little too big, but I'm trying to work on exposure and "read" the light. We have a huge window in the living room but it still doesn't seem to give me the light I want...or perhaps it's that I don't know how to use it properly Smile

PTE on all and these are all SOOC. No PP work whatsoever since I have no idea where to even start Smile

Settings below were the same for all 3:
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 10.9 mm
ISO 320

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Can't play with these now...but I'll be back later to give a shot at some PP.

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Okay...had a go at one of them. It was quite a bit underexposed, and they are all off on the focus. Looks to me like you just need more light. Did you shoot this in the manual setting? Point and shoot cameras usually have some decent options for manual, but they aren't nearly as flexible as a DSLR, so you need to get in prime shooting conditions...window light can be great if it's bright enough. For these images you may have had room to open up the aperture or raise the ISO...depending on the capabilities of your camera.

Here is my edit. Just done very quickly, so the white background may be messy and I wasn't terribly careful with the masking.

I first did a curves and really pulled up the middle and pulled down the darks a touch to give a little contrast. Not too much or you start to get funky colors in the shadows.

Then I did a color balance and added lots of red to the shadows, midtones, and highlights, had to mask out the white background to remove the pink tint it gave. I added a little blue to the midtones as well.

I sharpened the eye and did a very subtle eye pop by lightening part of the iris.

Whitened the background by opening up curves and clicking the white eyedropper on one of the darker portions of the photo. Then I masked the girl back.

Sharpened for web and that's it.

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I agree that they all look underexposed to me. I have found that to get good focus, good lighting is the key so you can get the SS up to at least 125.

Good on you for practicing though! I feel like I'm in a funk, darn weather.

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Thanks! and thanks so much for explaining what you did! I am soooo new to the whole editing thing that I'm even afraid to crop Smile

Yes, I have manual settings, but I can't figure out how to manipulate the SS for the life of me and it's SO frustrating!

Thank you thank you thank you Smile

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What camera do you have?
Your shots are cute, but getting that shutter speed up will help with nailing focus.

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"ELeigh" wrote:

What camera do you have?
Your shots are cute, but getting that shutter speed up will help with nailing focus.

I have a Sony Cybershot. I'm going to have to do another search to see if I can't find some help with the SS. I'm hoping it's just something I've overlooked and perhaps I can work with a little more!

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She's cute! I agree with being underexposed, but you can always brighten them by editing! I like Amber's edit!

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Ditto on the above cc. #2 is fav b/c it has the most light in her eyes! I'd see if you can dig out your cameras manual to see if it you can find how to lower your ap or increase your ss. I think if you do that, you will have great results! Good luck!!

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