Editing frustrations, CC and help?

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Editing frustrations, CC and help?

I enlisted the daughter of a friend of mine for help with one particular photo, and in return I took some extra shots for her mom. I was hoping for better weather but the ground was soaked and so crazy muddy, and I find it very hard to direct her to look natural when she's standing! I tried a few things with getting her to put a hand up to her hair and such, but it was a tough go! But I know her mom will like some of these shots... it's just that I am having a HORRIBLE time with the colour. It seems like when it LOOKS good to me, the red channel is blown; and when it doesn't look good to me, it's either Angel too magenta, (b) too yellow, or (c) too dark. Or some combination thereof. However, using the colour picker I'm checking skin tones and they "seem" fairly accurate when I go from the cheek, so I feel flummoxed and frustrated. Any thoughts on exposure and colour on these? (And any other CC you may have is welcome.)

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2. (My fave!)

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6. The shot I enlisted her help for. I've been waiting for great back light for weeks now, and time is running out for the camera club 'assignment', so this will have to do instead. Totally messed up what I intended... got a bit anxious somehow, by the light that wasn't the way I'd hoped.

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Tracy - first off, let me say that I think the mom is really going to love these! I'm on a laptop, so I'm not real comfortable giving CC on color. I'll let you what I see, but take it w/ a grain of salt since I am on the laptop.

1. this looks a touch under exposed and a touch magenta. However, I love the relaxed composition of this shot. She looks natural and relaxed. I think it would have been a slightly more flattering pose if her arm were not quite so extended or if you had moved a bit more to your left so that we're not seeing the full length of the arm.

2. exposure looks right here, but it still looks magenta to me. this is also my favorite

3. again exposure looks right, but I am seeing a magenta cast to the whole image. It kind of looks like a vintage processing so it doesn't bother me too much, but if you are going for a cleaner looking edit then it may need some more tweaking. She actually looks less stiff in this pose and her smile looks natural (we can even see her dimple). I like it!

4. this one doesn't do much for me. the lack of eye contact, I think is what is missing. It doesn't really look like she's gazing off into the distance, just that she's not looking at you. It could be that she looks a bit more stiff here. I'm wondering if hands in her pockets or clasped behind her back might have a more natural feel. The blacks look like they might be clipped a bit here and I am still seeing magenta.

5. she looks a bit stiff here and in general, a full front shot is less aesthetically pleasing, but I still really like this one. Color looks the best to me here.

6. I don't know what the assignment called for, but I think this is a fun shot! she sure has lovely hair! color and exposure look good to me. A bit bright in the sky, but not blown, so that doesn't trouble me.

Hope this helps Tracy!

Take care,
GiGi

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I agree with all your comments, GiGi. #5 is the best colour and the worst pose aesthetically (really so hard with her... that's why I was hoping for good ground, because I had some ideas for her to make her more comfy and natural sitting down). Everything seems magenta except #5, but I can't figure out why when I use the colour picker. But I guess I should trust my eye!

#6 the assignment is "Twisted". I had some other ideas -- ribbon curlicues on a gift, twizzlers, stuff like that -- but I thought the curly hair twisted around a finger would suit it well. I hope so.

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OK, here's some re-edits. Still not sure about #1 and #3, just can't seem to get them right! But I think the others are much better in terms of the magenta? Let me know what you think.

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Laura (re-edit)

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Laura  (re-edit)

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Laura (re-edit)

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Laura (re-edit)

5. and 6. Did not re-edit.

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These edits look really good to me and my laptop, Tracy!

You're right, sometimes you have to trust your eyes .... and maybe do a test print before sending the lot for print (if printing). Biggrin

Best,
GiGi

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Thanks for the help, GiGi, much appreciated!

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Tracy- I am at work, and this monitor is worthless. I will do my best to comment tonight! These look great though! I can't say anything about color, but the location and the girl are great! Smile

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Thanks, Sadie!