Is the shadow to distracting across her face? This is one of the only photos I got of her all week with her looking at the camera...darn shadow! Let me know what you think of PP too!
Also if you have time, I posted a couple pictures in the challenge and would love some CC on them as well! If need be I can create a separate post for them.
Camera: Nikon D80 Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125) Aperture: f/5.6 Focal Length: 40 mm ISO Speed: 1000 Exposure Bias: 0 EV Flash: No Flash
Love the expression on her face, but it looks a bit underexposed. Not really liking the PP makes her look washed out. The dappled light is a bit bothersome.
-El mommy to B & A
Just chug-chug-chugging along.
I agree with El, the first thing I noticed is that it was underexposed. and yes, I think the shadow detracts from her. she looks washed out to me also. but keep up the practice, I know how hard the eye contact is! (my 3 year old is the one I'm struggling with these days)
I feel like the PP calls too much attention to itself. Looking at it, I know that it's post processing and it pulls my focus. The colors are a bit soft and grey for such a sweet subject. I'd prefer them to be more pastel if you're going for a vintage look.
Sadly, the bright spots are terribly distracting. There are ways to minimize those in PP, but I think that this case may be too severe to salvage properly.
Hope you don't mind a play...I just wanted to see if I could work with these shadows. I put this private in my flickr. I'll be happy to take it down...just say the word. She's just so cute here.
So, to reduce the shadowing and bright spot issues, I used a combination of the heal tool and the paintbrush set to the luminosity mode. I used the heal tool to get rid of the harsh shadow edges then I used the paintbrush by selecting a color of a perfectly exposed cheek spot and then painting at a low opacity over the shadows and bright spots. I used several different color points to do this, and at times I had to use the paintbrush on the hue or saturation mode to correct color issues that come from the different lighting sun and shadows give. I also did a curves to brighten the picture over all and boosted saturation and masked out the hair at about 50%.
The work at reducing the shadows created some splotches on the skin, so I did my skin smoothing technique where I do a gausian blur layer with noise added and masked out everything but the splotchy spots on the skin.
Last edited by AmberBella; 08-05-2009 at 02:15 PM.
Amber is a freakin' goddess. I'd give my left arm to live close enough to her to watch her in action.
Wow Amber!!! That's exactly what I wanted!!!!
I'm going to work on it tonight and see if I can replicate the results you got! I think it's perfect! Thanks so much for playing with it!
Thanks as always for the CC. I wasn't sure about the pp but my husband was going crazy telling me how gorgeous the picture was and it was perfect so I thought maybe he was right....lol, silly me!