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 (a) skin tone look right AND (b) not blow the red channel at the same time.
Here is the SOOC, really red.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/friesen4/9066802595/" title="MED_0003 by friesen4, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3700/9066802595_1928109479_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="MED_0003"></a>
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.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/friesen4/9069024540/" title="MED_0004 by friesen4, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7420/9069024540_3d80f89281_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="MED_0004"></a>
This is the closest to not being blown, but it still is, and it looks pretty flat to me.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/friesen4/9066838617/" title="MED2_0001 by friesen4, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7299/9066838617_6a9271de31_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="MED2_0001"></a>
Any advice? The mommy in me really wants to get this photo of my cute girl right!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks, El! Based on the feedback from you and Amber, this is what I came up with. Hopefully it's not too bad!
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/friesen4/9089534627/" title="My Monkey by friesen4, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5340/9089534627_6a6be108c6_z.jpg" width="640" height="426" alt="My Monkey"></a>