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Okay, I copied Dennis's instructions but couldn't figure out how to do them, so I did Dave's suggestion - I used the healing brush to rid the backdrop of wrinkles, then I just adjusted the lighting, constrast, and highlights. I couldn't figure out how to darken the backdrop like Dennis did, so this is about the best I can do. I'll only post this one. I pretty much used the same technique on all of them.

This lady was exceptional in her music and is actually a teacher.
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Another one where you've managed to capture what is sometimes so elusive in portraiture: the subject is smiling and relaxed! In a portrait session there needs to be a relationship, a trust, developed between photographer and subject, and this isn't always easy to achieve. You've done it here, Dianne, as well as in the other portrait your shared with us. Good job!! :smile:

Looks like you are getting the hang of PS Elements, too, and all of its wonderful tools! Lighting and exposure looks right on the money and a bit of sleight-of-hand (via the Healing Brush) sure took care of any issues with the backdrop.

Excellent work!! :smile: I'll bet that everyone whose portraits you took is very happy. You did a terrific job!
 
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Another one where you've managed to capture what is sometimes so elusive in portraiture: the subject is smiling and relaxed! In a portrait session there needs to be a relationship, a trust, developed between photographer and subject, and this isn't always easy to achieve. You've done it here, Dianne, as well as in the other portrait your shared with us. Good job!! :smile:

Looks like you are getting the hang of PS Elements, too, and all of its wonderful tools! Lighting and exposure looks right on the money and a bit of sleight-of-hand (via the Healing Brush) sure took care of any issues with the backdrop.

Excellent work!! :smile: I'll bet that everyone whose portraits you took is very happy. You did a terrific job!
Thanks Connie! I just told them to dream about their most favorite orchestra inviting them to be a star or "first chair" and on stage. That did it! They all put on a "dreamy smile" I think I'm gonna like photo shop now that I'm no longer intimidated by it! They'll all have their "proofs" tomorrow.
 
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Great job, Dianne! You should be proud of everything you've learned and accomplished for this project. All of us here at the Cafe are sure proud of you!
 
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I'm at work so there's no audio but you'll get the idea. Colors might look kinda funky also.

http://www.rustyfingers.com/video/ps.wmv


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WOW, Dennis! Thanks for sending that to me! WOW! I'm gonna save that so I can watch it over and over and practice using it! I had just gotten Elements 5, Capture NX, and had bought Scott Kelby's book on the Elements and really hadn't had a chance to do much yet. And I was scared to death of messing up the photos! I saved a total of 4 copies (2 in RAW). Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!
 
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great shot-- I think the subject's aura is very nicely captured.
 
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Great work Dianne.
I have to learn on making my subject feel relaxed and at ease.
Well do something like I did - since I was shooting recital musicians, I asked them to imagine themselves on the stage of their most favorite orchestra. That pretty much did it!

A big attaboy to Dennis for putting up this video! Is the Cafe a great place or what?:biggrin:
AMEN TO THAT! I'm saving it too!

great shot-- I think the subject's aura is very nicely captured.
Thanks!!!!!! I had fun with it!
 

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