DANG YOU, in-camera crops & skin color!!!(added pics post 14)

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DANG YOU, in-camera crops & skin color!!!(added pics post 14)

Sorry, just having a momentary laps of sanity. Anyone care to play with the crop on this one? As for the skin color, I know it's crappy, but this was a quick edit. I have the RAW file, I am just too lazy to copy them all to my computer...but I think I'm gonna use her catchlights for the COTW.;)

ISO:200, SS:250, f/2.8, 50 mm
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My crop:
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i'll have a go at it Smile gotta go pick up J at daycare first then go grocery shopping and eat dinner. Then I'll play Blum 3 nice shot though!

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I think the crop depends on the print size .... I hate to play with crops unless I know it will be printed at a certain size.

that being said, here's a play with color (using levels) plus a crop

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"coolmama72" wrote:

I think the crop depends on the print size .... I hate to play with crops unless I know it will be printed at a certain size.

that being said, here's a play with color (using levels) plus a crop

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I just usually do an 8x10 crop when proofing, but have the un-cropped version for other sizes.

Ooohhh... where were your levels at? Do you remember the numbers? I like it. Smile

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Love your version Gwen! Biggrin

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I have 24 photos open in ACR right now ... but as soon as I get them into PSE, I can check the levels (I can't toggle between the two, probably because ACR is within Elements). I kept your photo open though in case I needed to do anything else to it. Wink

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Here it is quickly...any better? (no crop)

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It is a very nice pic. The only thing I would do to it now is to get rid of the dark circles under her eyes. They are making her look tired. I also like the brightness in Gwen's edit. What did you do Gwen? Overlay layer at low opacity?

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Kelly, yours looks cooler than mine, but I like it. (I tend to move towards cooler photos though)

Steph - no overlay, just an adjustment in levels. I use Scott Kelby's method, with altered white/gray/black points and this his method for finding the gray point using a fill layer and threshold. I'm going to get the numbers I used in a bit ... still in ACR, had to take a break to mop the floors.

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I was going to say your edit looks fine crop wise Smile I like Gwen's edit on the color though! Very nice! Smile

I just cropped it just a teeny bit. Her left eye, our right, is pretty close to a crosspoint on the grid (rule of thirds). So it's ok. As long as there is an eye or something of interest close to a crosspoint.
here is yours at your crop.

and how i cropped it, just the regular way, no 8x10 :-P,

it could have been worse!

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okay, I can't figure out how to get the numbers I used. stupid Elements, sorry Kelly!

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Kelly, she looked a little green to me, so I went into levels and fixed that. I smoothed out her undereye circles and added some contrast in a selective color layer. I don't like her right shoulder, it looks very awkward, so I cropped it out. Great shot!
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gorgeous pic Kelly! I love it! What lens did you shoot this one with?

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Nifty 50. I LOVED this shoot. I have a ton SOOC that ya'll could see, but haven't edited many yet.

Here are a few of the first ones I've done. I don't know if I like the processing yet. They are all so dreary.The rain here has been a KILLER. It's rained for like 2 weeks here. As a matter of fact, I had my reflector protecting my camera from the rain while I was shooting yesterday. BLAH!

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I like Lexi's crop. Smile

and I'm digging the new ones! I commented on the last one on FB, totally love it!

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Kelly, the skin color is actually pretty much spot on. The problem with the color is that the entire photo is fairly mono-tone...lots of beige. She blends with the background and her face lacks "color" of that makes sense.

What I did was boost the overall saturation a touch, then in color balance I added a touch of blue to just the shadows. Then I did an overlay layer at a very low opacity. I used the saturation tool at a low opacity and added saturation to her lips, and cheeks...upped the percentage and added saturation to her eyes. And the crop.

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Ya'll are so wonderful! Your edits are all beautiful! Amber, I may message you for some pointers if that's okay.

I converted like 3-4 of the raw files and came across this one. It's not as bold as the other, but I think it's stronger over all and the comp is way better. I opened in acr, white balanced by the eyes and opened in cs3. Slight curves, clight color balance and then just a slight screen and soft light layer. And obviously I helped her circles under her eyes some. Poor girl is up at 5 every morning for drill practice. These Texans take football seriously!!!
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"AmberBella" wrote:

What I did was boost the overall saturation a touch, then in color balance I added a touch of blue to just the shadows. Then I did an overlay layer at a very low opacity. I used the saturation tool at a low opacity and added saturation to her lips, and cheeks...upped the percentage and added saturation to her eyes. And the crop.

I wish you'd make a video of you doing something like that. Part of my challenge is that I'm using Elements (no upgrade in sight for me) and I don't know how to do what you just said. But if I saw it visually, I think I might be able to replicate using what I have.

Sorry to semi-hijack, but I really am curious about the edit process.

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Love the new ones! I really like the one of the two kids with the dark red doorway behind them. Love the processing on that one. I think that the one of just the boy standing in front of the wall is great the way it is but I would love a little deeper color in the background. Maybe a multiply layer (at a lower opacity) with him masked out?