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    My mom came out to visit us for a few days while my dad was on a business trip, and I managed to snap a few pics of her with DS before she left today. Of course, it was noon and I only realized where the sun was *after* I took the pictures -- right at their backs! Oy. It was just a quick few shots I grabbed without really thinking, but I really love them! I don't have many of her and DS together, so I love them! But anyhow, some of them came out really... bright, almost? The colors, to me, seem weird... I've been trying to fix them, but really don't know much on this.

    Can someone maybe point me in the right direction with these?

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    remind us again what you use to edit
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    Sorry! Gimp 2.6 is what I have.
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    I am not much help when it comes to processing. I have fallen in love with ACR to fix my photos. It helps so much. It looks like in #2, your background is overexposed. I am sorry I can't help anymore. Maybe someone can.
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    well, I am not sure what to tell you in terms of specific post processing. if it were me, I'd add some fill light in ACR to bright the foreground since the background is so bright. the photos seem cool, so you'll need to warm them up. I'd probably use curves and setting black/white/gray points to do it.
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    Thanks ladies! I really need to read up on processing because I have NO CLUE. Maybe I should learn how to take pictures first, right? One step at a time.

    Anyhow, what is ACR? I checked the abbreviations page and couldn't find it... Is that a program you buy?

    Thanks for giving me some sort of clue on what to read, though! I managed to download a few scripts for GIMP and tried my hand at warming stuff up. I totally now see the difference between warm and cool, so... cool! Anyhow, do these look any better? I basically just ran them through a warm filter and lightened the curve. I also adjusted the contrast a bit in the first one, as well. I'm still not in love with the colors, though. Boo. I'll keep practicing. But are these going in the right direction?

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    I think you did take a step in the right direction to fix the color. ACR is Adobe Camera Raw. Do you shoot in RAW?

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    ACR comes with Photoshop CS* and Elements. Totally worth buying Elements for, actually. Keep an eye on Coscto, they sometimes run specials on it.

    I think the pictures look MUCH better with your new edits. There's too much yellow in the skin now, which means it's too warm. You can change the opacity of the new layer where you warmed it so that you can tone it down a little bit.
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    No, I don't shoot in RAW. I'm too scared. I think I'm just set on the largest JPEG file at the moment. I'll have to keep an eye out on Elements. Maybe it'll go on my Christmas list!

    I thought they were too yellow, too! I told DH they almost looked antique-y to me. I just got frustrated not knowing which things to tweak. I think I'll try the opacity thing on the warming filter and see if that helps!
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    don't beat yourself up too much ... we all have to start somewhere, right?

    you are off to a good start with this batch. as others have said, there's a bit much yellow in the new edits, but I think fiddling with the opacity of the warming layer will clean that up for you.

    keep posting! and remember ... these photos already mean a lot to you. getting the processing right only improves them.

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