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