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tialee80's picture
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one for cc

ap 3.2 ss 1/160 iso 1600 taken in my bedroom using window light to the right of pic and reflector to the left of picture.
also did slight editing so cc on that also would be great as I am really trying to improve on editing. I do notice the shadows under his eyes but when I try to edit them he looks fake so I left it alone for now.

damien color smile-1

and the sooc shot
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I am at work and my monitor is not calibrated. Here is my CC.

Watch out for what's in the background - the two pillows on the back is distracting and the dark headboard going thru his head is supposedly a no-no in the photography world lol.

I am seeing red/yellow on his face. I would reduce contrast as it looks like you clipped the blacks (see his hair). You can slightly remove the bags under his eyes by reducing opacity.
It also looks like he is looking camera left not directly.

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I placed the pillows there to make it look more kid-ish and the funny thing is after I did I went back and forth asking myself if they were too distracting. I am so aware of trees and buildings growing out of peoples heads however I did not notice the headboard at all till you pointed it out so thanks cause I will keep an eye out for it next time:)
As far as the red I notice it at his hair line as well as his nose and upper lip. My problem is when I reduce reds I tend to make him look washed out. Besides reducing reds any other options on how to make his skin more even? thanks

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The pillows to make it more kiddish are a fun idea, except that there's no other strong colour in the image so they do distract. I liked your conversion of the other photo taken at the same time -- it removes the distraction of the pillows and totally works as a B&W, I think. This one would too. Very cute and sharp.

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Thanks Tracy. Yes the more I look at it my eye just wants to go to those dang pillows! lol I also like the black and white better so I will try it with this one as well.

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It looks like the light source is to his left. I would probably have had him turn a bit. I think that would have helped with the light under his eyes, and lessened the dark under eyes.

It also seems a bit dark, but I tend to err on the bright side. So that may just be my preference.

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I am going to try a redo tomorrow morning. I think if I have him sit more at a diagonal (sp?) then I will get more light and the headboard will not be right behind him. We will see if I have time. Jasmin's competition dance team is going to compete at state tomorrow. More movement in bad lighting. crossing my fingers I will get a few good shots:)

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What a cutie! I'd like to see this without the reflector. Sometimes I feel like a reflector creates too flat of lighting for my tastes. I sometimes use it with my backlighting so I can get some extra light on the face and create some direction, but I like a little more dramatic lighting.

To get rid of the dark under his eyes, create a layer, select a good skin color, paint over the circles and lower the opacity to taste. I'll usually bring it down to about 20% or so.

I was also going to mention to turn him toward the window a little more to help with the darkness under the eyes SOOC.

A few comp suggestions: I agree about the pillows and the headboard going through his head. His eyes are pretty centered, and I'm missing the rest of his shirt collar to help the flow of the eye. Backing up some could help out with those last two things.

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He's adorable! I agree with Steph, I probably would have turned him a little more towards the light source and ditched the reflector. The background is distracting but I still sometimes get trees growing out of heads etc, so not a huge deal breaker for me. A B&W conversion would help with the colour distraction (and ditching the reflector will create some depth to the lighting)

Like Steph, I tend to select a skintone from the cheekbone area, use a soft brush at about 20% opacity and brush over the dark areas under the eyes. Don't overdo it as people look weird without any bags at all, lol!

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"connorsmum" wrote:

He's adorable! I agree with Steph, I probably would have turned him a little more towards the light source and ditched the reflector. The background is distracting but I still sometimes get trees growing out of heads etc, so not a huge deal breaker for me. A B&W conversion would help with the colour distraction (and ditching the reflector will create some depth to the lighting)

Like Steph, I tend to select a skintone from the cheekbone area, use a soft brush at about 20% opacity and brush over the dark areas under the eyes. Don't overdo it as people look weird without any bags at all, lol!

Thanks:) I will give the editing a try after I take a redo and yes I will try this time without the reflector:)

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My first impression was that the red/orange cast on his skin was from an overhead room light-? I could be wrong.

I would turn him more toward the window too, and not worry about a reflector.