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    Hi and Happy New Year to everyone.

    All my photos look the same lately. I would love some CC, especially on colour. I seem to have trouble getting nice skin tones. My photos always look too yellow or too blue. Is this my WB? Or other settings?

    Also, is this composition to centre focused? Do the hand chops ruin the photo?

    Be tough. I really, really need it to grow.

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    Photo taken mid-morning using 17-85mm lens. Gave slight S curve in curves.
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    What I really like and noticed the most is how much his eye pop and I find that having brown eyes, that's not something I see a lot in pictures. The missing hands don't bother me because I'm really looking at his face. Skin tones look a little light to me maybe?
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    Ya, the white balance seems off to me, but I could be wrong. I don't mind the handchops. I like the nice genuine smile.
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    Thanks ladies. Any suggestions on how to fix WB? It was taken in RAW but if I go to edit I would just be randomly changing settings as I don't know what to do to fix it.

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    I hope you dont mind but I played with it a bit in CS5. I lightened the image using curves and played with color a tad too, then I recropped to make the comp less distracting...
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    It's really cute, love the bright eyes! The hand chop doesn't bother me.

    What WB setting did you shoot this with? I usually use Cloudy when I'm outdoors (even on a sunny day). If you have it to Auto, it will sometimes be off... if you have it to any of the indoor settings, like Tungsten, it will always be off when outdoors.

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    Tracey, I had it set to shade. Now I'm on my phone it looks even more yellow than it did on my comp.

    Beth, plays are welcome. Your colors are much better than what I had.

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    I think that what your're not liking about the skin tones, is the fact that there's a lot of uneven shadowing on his face. I'm thinking that if you were shooting from above him slightly more, you'd see less of that, and have a more even face. It's not dappled light, but more shadows from the contours of his face itself.

    Great eye contact and a cute smile! Those are always so hard to get! So great job on that!
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    The shadows are the biggest issue with this photo. The lighting on his face is so uneven, and not in a pleasing way. You've got bright cheeks and dark eyes. The red channel is blown on his nose and cheeks. This could be fixed some in RAW. The S curve you did most likely did more harm than good by exacerbating the dark shadows and bright spots. I'd actually reduce the contrast on his face so it won't be quite so noticeable. Too much contrast will also make slight color problems appear worse.

    I wouldn't refer to the crop as a "hand chop" as in a headshot there shouldn't really be any hands. That would be a 3/4 shot. This is definitely not a hand chop.

    Here is a very quick edit with the contrast reduced on his face and arms but maintained on the rest of the photo with masking.

    Your edit.............................................. ....contrast reduced.

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    Amber and Steph, thank you. The CC is much appreciated. Amber, this is a silly question I'm sure but, how do I mask?

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