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Need help with pp

I know we have a new photo up but wondering if this week we could have 2? Jasmin has an audition monday where they want me to bring in a recent photo of her.:help1: We normally just use her comp card but some clients will want an updated photo taken at home. I want to use this photo but wondering if you all can help me with the PP. Here are 3 I am trying to pick from if anyone wants to pick just one I would really apperciate it.

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She really is such a pretty girl Smile

I like #2 best. Are these in camera crops? I'm not too terribly fond of how her complete right shoulder is missing. Just feels like there should be more of her there.

I'd help with PP, but I'm at work. I'll have a play with it when I get home, if you want (are these SOOC?)

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Yes they are all sooc should I just give it another try with both sholders? I can try again when she gets home. The audition is for a toy but if she got it she would be the girl on the instructional dvd so I think it would be neat. Now that I take a 2nd look the shoulder is bothering me. maybe I will try again thanks Smile

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Need advice. Anyone good with headshots? My question is if I don't want her straight on but still want both shoulders with a tight crop how can I get this. Whenever I do, I look like I am going to chop limbs? Any examples????
Well I got busy and did not get a chance to reshoot so if anyone has any free time could you show my newbie eyes what could be done with one of these?

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She's so pretty! I'm heading out, but I'll try my hand at editing them later tonight. As far as including shoulders and whatnot, you could always step back a couple steps more than what you think you want, then crop out the excess later. You may find that you like it better with more shoulder or whatever. And if not, you can just crop it down. Most cameras have more than enough megapixels to do that, unless you're wanting to print a giant poster. Smile

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Amber does a lot of head shots for models/actors. If she doesn't respond soon, you could probably shoot her a PM.

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Great thanks girls. I think I may try to get back some and then crop in. Thanks for the idea mary.

Thanks Steph, I knew someone did headshots but forgot who. Any advice Amber?

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Yes, I'm here. I don't really love any of these shots. Your daughter is beautiful, but she has a lot of tension in her mouth. The best angle is in #1, but I don't like the tense mouth and the hair over the shoulder. For #2 and #3, her chin should have been raised up a touch. The smile in #2 is a good idea, but it doesn't look genuine. The problem with the crop isn't that her shoulder is missing, it's that in the first 2 she is being cut across the chest. The crop in 3rd is a lot better, but it might be nice to have just a touch more shoulder. These type of crops are totally acceptable for headshots. The most important thing is the placement of the eyes.

As far as technically, the lighting in the first two images isn't great. You've got some strong hot spots on her nose and cheeks in #1 and #2 which is going to make post processing them very difficult. #3 has much better lighting and if you are planning on using one of these images, I'd choose that one.

For post processing, image #3 (and all of them) is too bright. It needs the darks to be pulled up in levels and some contrast added. Be careful with the contrast though because it will make her right cheek too bright and blown. Mask back that bright cheek to protect it. I added some saturation to her shirt and masked back her skin. I also brightened the background and darkened her hair. I did a little sharpening to her eyes, nose, and mouth.

Here is my retouch: Private in flickr.

Untitled-2 by amberbella, on Flickr

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Thankyou for the detailed advice. I do see where I cut across the chest now and before I could not figure out for the life of me what was bothering me about the in camera crop. I am going to keep trying with all of your advice in mind. Thankyou so much for the retouch! After seeing the before and after I can tell how bright mine was.

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I agree with Amber & like her edit. For looks my fave is #1 but it's too bright and it looks OOF. #2 is way bright and her eyes are too open, IYKWIM. I think her head is sticking out farther too. #3 looks technically best although still soft.