Crazy red channel

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TracyF's picture
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Crazy red channel

I took this photo of Nora the other day and I LOVE it (Mommy goggles, I'm sure, but she is so happy and 'her' in this pic), but I cannot seem to edit it to make Angel skin tone look right AND (b) not blow the red channel at the same time.

Here is the SOOC, really red.
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Then I edited the RAW file, changed the white balance and decreasing exposure so the red channel wasn't blown, but then when I started editing to try to get the exposure right and the skin tone correct, no matter how careful I was using layer masks, etc., it kept ending up blown, as in this image.
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This is the closest to not being blown, but it still is, and it looks pretty flat to me.
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Any advice? The mommy in me really wants to get this photo of my cute girl right!!

EL2
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I am on uncalibrated computer at work so take my CC with a grain of salt. I think the 3rd one looks best in terms of color. I would maybe just brighten her a tad.

On the second picture, try lowering the contrast and see if that will help tone down the blown spot.

I will come back to see if this is the case on calibrated monitor.

TracyF's picture
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OK, thanks, El!

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The reds are only very slightly blown in her shirt and a touch on the edges of the poles. You can fix it completely by desaturating a very tiny amount. Honestly, you may not even need to worry about it. There are only tiny splotches that are blown...not big areas.

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Great, that feedback helps. I probably won't worry about it if it's just a touch blown. I can only tell that it IS blown, but not by how much, in the software I'm using.

EL2
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aahhh just finally got time to check stuff out. So my uncalibrated computer at work is waay wonky. The 3rd picture is looking blueish/gray. I think if you just tone down some of the red in the original picture, it would be ok. The 3rd picture can use a bit of red - so that it doesn't look blueish/gray.
Second picture is good, I would tone down the contrast and bright spots.

TracyF's picture
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Thanks, El! Based on the feedback from you and Amber, this is what I came up with. Hopefully it's not too bad!
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