JMK's x 2 - color issues - more photos added

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JMK's x 2 - color issues - more photos added

I keep coming back to these again and again but I just can't get the color straight! They are surrounded by green and the cast is awful!! Anyone wanna play or give some suggestions?

Both taken: ss 250/ f 2.5/ iso 200

jmk_002

jmk_001test

I'll post sooc if interested, but honestly - they're embarrassing! My pitfall is being outdoor and not having control of my lighting. I need to work on that, so I'll take whatever CC you have Smile

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yeah, definitely seeing the color issues. I opened the first one in CS4, and just played with curves for color correction. here's a quick change ... there might be a touch too much magenta in my version, but I gotta get to bed and can't mess with it. if you're using CS4 or Elements, get Scott Kelby's book and he's got great stuff on color correction!

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this is private in my flickr, I'll take it down when you're done with this thread. Smile

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I can't play with the pics right now (besides I'm not technically calibrated) but just wanted to say the pics are great aside from the color, they'll be fab when you're done. I LOVE the kids' eyes! Great job!

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Same here, no good at color, but I do want to say you do an amazing job with the eyes! Biggrin

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Here are the rest from the "session". It was stressful but I got a few that I'm sort of happy with. Again - color cast issues galore!

jmk_003

jmk_004

jmk_005

jmk_006

jmk_007

different processing for fun Smile
jmk_008

again, all CC is welcome! Smile

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yeah, you definitely have a cast on some of these. I tried playing with the little girl last night, and that green cast on the side of her head definitely threw me. I know you can fix it with very careful masking.

what are you using to edit? your color temps are definitely off. how do you normally edit, in terms of workflow?

there's a lot of great color in these pictures, but the kids are looking rather dull while the colors in the background could use more of a pop.

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"coolmama72" wrote:

what are you using to edit? your color temps are definitely off. how do you normally edit, in terms of workflow?

I opened in RAW and adjusted white balance and cropped and an occasional exposure bump. For most of these, I upped the blacks and added some vibrance. Then in CS4, I would do a color balance layer to remove the cast using my CMYK values (to the best of my understanding) and then a contrast layer with levels. Other than that, just a resize and sharpen.

I am going to use my Kelby book to check these colors in a few once my littlest one tucks in for the night. We'll see how it goes. Thanks for looking through these Smile

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So, here are the re-edits after Kelby's curves fix of color casts using the dropper tools. Other than that, it's a contrast bump and a saturation bump.... (I think Raegan has too much contrast for my taste....._

jmk_002test

jmk_001test

Now, if I could only figure out the "portraiture" stuff that I hear all about to soften these...You can see all kinds of skin flaws in both of them because of the clarity.

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I agree, a bit too much contrast on Raegan ... and I just wonder if there's a way to get rid of that green cast on the side of her head. I struggle with spot edits like that. she also needs more reds ... I just pulled up my edit of her (as I haven't deleted it from my computer yet) and it's close to yours, but she has a little more magenta which makes her not so pale. but that big green spot is just ... well, big. anyhow, back to the contrast - you can mask out her face so the contrast changes just affect the background, but that will have to be a separate curves later so that you keep the correct skin in your dropper fixed curve layer.

did you try the Kelby curves on the other photos?