Some of you may have already seen the SOOC version of these pictures if you read my post in the other thread. I have been playing around a little with PSE8 and I am realizing what a challenge this whole skin tone thing is going to be! Please let me know if you see something horribly wrong, as I am ready to be done looking at these. They don't have to be perfect, as they are for my best friend and she realizes that I am totally inexperienced, but of course I would like them to be as good as I can manage with my limited knowledge/skills.
Here is the main one I am concerned with as far as the skin tone. I had one printed for myself today just to see what would happen, and she looked awfully orange to me in the print. Granted I just had it printed at the Walmart one hour photo lab, but still! The first one is the version I had printed:
ISO 400 (I realize that I should have lowered shutter speed and ISO for all of these, gah!)
I played around with it some more tonight and came up with this. Better or worse? Or just bad in a different way?
Here are some others. Please CC anything and everything!
***ETA: Is this less yellow?
****ETA: Is this version any better? It's safe to say that I need more cloning practice! Is the color any better? Dad still looks red, but he is outdoors a lot. Hmmm???
**ETA yet another version!
The first picture was not bad to begin with in terms of skintone. I think your edited version made the skin too pale. Try warming it up.
The family portrait is way too red and yellow, most likely a color cast from the bridge.
-El mommy to B & A
Just chug-chug-chugging along.
Also, does the family picture have a lot of noise? I have seen people posting about noise in other pictures that frankly I do not even notice! So I am guessing this one is pretty bad? Did I read somewhere that you can download something to help with that for free?
These are really cute photos! I like both versions of #1 but agree the 2nd one might be a tad too cool. My favorites are #4 and 5, sooo precious.
In #6, I think someone already said the focus is on her headband instead of her face....but also I think her face looks pretty yellow to me....? anyone else?
For #7, I'm not an expert, but I would just try a color correction on the whole photo. If you don't like how it changes the background then you can always mask the bg back in. I don't see noise but I do see some kind of unnatural big lines on the left side (her left) of Mom's face, below the corner of her eye--unless it's a scar or something? I also see some odd horizontal lines across her left cheek/lower jaw.
Cute photos! I, too, prefer #1 over #2, but probably wouldn't have noticed any difference if they weren't together for comparison. I especially love the simple, complementary color palette in this first photograph.
I prefer #3 over #4 because the blanket pattern is just a little too busy for my tastes. The capture is good in both, though!
I love the black background in #5. The baby really "pops"!
DS: Tyler 4/19/06
ITA about the blanket in #3! I was trying it out b/c mom had brought it with her as a potential prop. Figures that I would have to catch the cutest little expression with that background!
I think the group shot looks a lot better! I'm not an expert though. The #6 looks a little better I think but there's still something about the skintone...maybe grayish? but it could be just the background color competing with her skintone maybe....
p.s. I still can't believe that's not real wood floor...I'm so jealous
I agree about the wood floor. I am so hitting Michael's when I go to the city! LOVE it!
I like the edits you have done. The only thing is one the last one, your cloning job looks fine (probably better than I could have done ) but it still looks red to me. If not more. It might just be me though.
Sadie- mommy to Ruthie & Randy
I see what you mean now Sadie, it looks like it went from orange to red. The Mom's face looks better because it's less yellow now, but now maybe take some red out? The cloning is MUCH better in the 2nd one though!
I went to Michael's in hopes of getting some of that "floor" but they didn't have any fake floor rolls