What a way to start out. I had 5 kids and two adults. Learned a lot. Wished I could be bossier! Luckily, one mom was telling her kids what to do, so I was thankful for that. It was supposed to be at 11, but ended up at 6 pm. Mom couldn't get ready in time, frustrated me, but we got it. They were happy with what I did, thankfully. I wish I had more variety, but I am hoping for some CC here. I need to learn.
All ISO is about 320, but I will post the other settings as well. There are a few more on my flickr, but I don't have a lot of you as contacts. If you want to see them, add me as a contact! THANKS FOR LOOKING!
1) 1/1000, f/2.5, ISO 320
2) Same pic as above. Does this crop work? What could I have done different?
3) Mom isn't happy with her body, so she wanted upper body crops. I think she will want it cropped even higher, but I don't think it'll work.
4) I realize this one is still a bit cool. I thought I had warmed it up enough, but I guess not.
5) I tried to clone out the orange spots on her ribbon, but I failed miserably.
6) Probably my fav of the whole shoot! Did I screw up the whites though?
7) Does this look a bit too red for you?
8 )Like I said before, mom's not happy with her body, so I did the best I could to make her happy, yet make the pic look okay. Too warm perhaps?
1/640, f/ 2.5
9) Not happy with my edit here. I feel like I can't make their greens look okay. Any ideas?
You're doing well. Only have a second....just wanted to mention that I think the color problem in #4 is a color cast from that blue blanket. That's probably why you're having difficulty warming it up. If you warm the photo globally it will make the background look strange....you need to focus just on your subject.
I think the pictures overall are nice---a few of them just need a little extra oomph! with the color. Focus looks great..really like the boots picture, but it does look like the whites on the far left dress are a bit blown. It doesn't bother me here, but from what I understand, doesn't print well? Overall, very good job!
Sadie, in PSP you can use your freehand selection tool (feathered) to choose the area you need to adjust (which is sometimes tricky when trying to be exact with the drawing). Or you can duplicate the whole photo layer, do a color adjustment of the top copy, then erase out the parts that don't need adjusting so that the original of those parts show through from the bottom copy. Then merge the layers.
I could clone out those orange spots for you if you want.
As for the whites, I don't think they're too bad.
For color "oomph", maybe play around with channel mixer and curves. Let me know if you have other PSP questions
Last edited by Amy_&_Eva; 04-05-2010 at 04:14 PM.
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I don't know anything about Paint Shop Pro, but have you considered GIMP...I know a lot of people have used that program very successfully for photo editing. I actually just downloaded it to check it out for you, and it has many of the most important features of Photoshop. Layers, layer masks, color balance, heal, clone, curves, hue and saturation, etc... Looks like you could really do most of the things you need to do for basic photo editing.
Oh, and GIMP is free.
The easiest way to touch up the color on only one part of the image is by using a layer and a layer mask. Not sure if you can do that in Paint Shop Pro...but you definitely can in GIMP.
1-4 look a little cool to me, although I'm not very experienced with color.
1-2: I like the crop you did. You might experiment to see if you can take it out just slightly farther. I'd be interested in seeing the first shot with the right-hand side cropped so that you don't see the chair edge and the horizontal bar along the treeline cloned out.
5: It looks nice and warm to me. Personally, I think the whites look good.
6: A cute, clever shot! Is it possible to uncrop the right-hand side just a sliver so that his boot isn't touching the edge of the photo?
8: My second favorite after the boots! Mom doesn't look so posed and tense as in the other pic, and you've captured the baby's expession beautifully. I also like the bokeh.
DS: Tyler 4/19/06