I see a VERY slight difference in the background, but I don't think it makes too much of a difference in this photo. I guess what I'm saying, is if I saw your first edit I wouldn't think that the background needs to be darker.
Good job learning it though! I really need to learn other ways than Lightroom to edit.
Yep, I definitely see a difference. Good job! Masking definitely opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
However, I think both pictures are too bright. Bring down the exposure a bit, and maybe add a bit of black, and you're picture will be great!
Nice job with the masking...but yup....I agree with Lisa. Both images are still too bright.
Stephanie, what editing software do you use?
I like the deeper BG but I agree he's still too bright.
This is a great pic though, he looks just like you in this pic!
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Thanks! I just recently learned that PSE had the masking feature. For the longest time, I didn't think I could even do it with that program. I love Pinterest. I've found so many PSE tutorials on there, and have realized that PSE isn't so bad after all.