I took this picture of my friend and her niece this weekend and she is in love with it. The hand chop bothers me sooo bad but she loves it.. I have PP'd it to the best of my ability but not sure if it could be better since I still have a lot to learn with CS5? Also, I cant seem to find a middle ground with brightness, either I edit too bright or too dull.. I think this maybe a little to bright. What would you do?
CC is also really apprecitated, thanks ladies
Focal Length 45mm
Yes, your edit looks too bright to me. I wouldn't touch your friend's skin....only the little girl needs brightening.
Wife to Rich~ 8/16/03 Mom to Nathan~ 9/30/07
Aww, what a sweet moment! I agree, it's the little girl that needs adjusting. I also have CS5, and I also have no clue how to use it! Well, I know a little bit. I think you can use the selection tool, either the lasso or the magic wand, and then make a levels or curves adjustment on just her. And please somebody step in if I am wrong! I am just assuming that's what you'd do, but there might be a much better way to correct it.
Also, you could try a tighter crop if the hand chop really bugs you, like maybe just her torso.
I opened in ACR - added warmth and lightfill. Took down exposure and brightness. Played a tad with curves.
Opened in photoshop then played with selective colors to balance the magenta in little ones face. Also played with black tones and neutral tones.
I am one who LOVES warmth. You don't have to go as warm as I do - but on a sunny day you want a bit more warmth than you currently have.
Also added more saturation to the colors. Spring you think of BRIGHT or COLOR. De-saturation brings on a bunch of grayish tones.
It's a nice moment -- sweet! PP stuff is HARD, isn't it?! Cindy's play is wonderful.
Married Anthony April 2, 2005
Nora born Feb. 14th, 2007
Micah born Jan. 20, 2009
I agree the brightness in PP is too much, no other CC to add.
Love the picture, great connection between the girls.
* Amanda *