Abby in the backyard

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We had a cook-out at my parents house today and I took these pictures of my niece Abby. I played around with the curves some in Capture NX (I don't have PS), but I think they can be better. Any tips on how to improve these?

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Very nice Rick. The first one is definitely my favorite. I think you could give it a bit more "pop" by doing some "levels" adjustments in NX.

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Thanks Laura and Tom.

Tom, I tried playing around with the levels some more and came up with this:

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I think it's an improvement, but what drives me crazy is what to adjust and how much is enough. I'm sure it's all a matter of practice and to keep at it.

Tom, thanks again for your advice.
 
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Hey Rick, I did a quick curve and levels adjustment in CS2 to brighting the image up a little. I grabbed an area near the right 3/4 of the curves line and raised it until it brightened her face but stopped before the whites in her dress started to blow. I then then went to levels and dragged the left most arrow in just a bit to remove a bit of the shadow side haze. The colors in my edit seem a bit off but I think you get the idea.

It appears you are saving these images in Nikon RGB colorspace. I always convert to sRGB for images posted to the web.

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Tom, thanks again for your help. I started over again and used your suggestions and came up with results similar to yours.

Thanks also for the tip on sRGB.
 
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