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This is the original

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On this copy I used USM, Eye Pop, Curves (auto cuz I haven't a clue) Warming filter and vignette.

I'm not happy with her skin and hair so I'll try again. Comments very welcome.
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Bill,

I tried that tutorial and the color came out almost the same so I guess I didn't screw it up too much. Still not too happy though, I try some more today when I get a chance.

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bill, i think that this is much better
one thing: this original image is NOT in focus, either
i would honestly stop shooting at f/1.4
try f/2.8 for a while
get the images tack sharp and the post-processing will get better from there

the OOF issue may be more of a camera/lens issue and NOT "YOU"
whatever the cause f/1.4 is not giving you an IN focus image

no offense intended...
close down the lens a couple of stops and shoot some more

once again...
your color edit was very, very good
 
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i'm anxious to see you shoot at f/2, and f/2.8, etc
there have been tons of reports of sigma 30/1.4 lenses NOT focusing properly on nikon bodies for years.... i have just thought of this

i want you to make sure that your lens and D40 can get tack sharp pictures
because history suggests that it MIGHT NOT be the case

today....
i'd do some non-people shooting with that lens and find out, if i were you
 
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Hi

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Greg,

This picture is from that original group where I was shooting wide open and I haven't been around my g'kids to try some stopped down a it yet. Also, I replaced my first lens with another and I think they shoot about the same at wide open.

I searched for a few shots which weren't wide open. The first one is of Tessa though it's at 1/60. The rest seem to be OK yu my old eyes with the OOF seeming a DOF artifact...thoughts? These are all natural light, hand held and un-edited with the exception of cropping and resizing.

Thoughts?

1/60@f8
1/125@f8
1/3200@f1.4
1/3200@f2.8
1/800@f2.8
 
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the second one
1/125 @ f/8 is very sharp and i like this image:

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and, it's f/1.4 counterpart at 1/3200 is sharp as well

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i guess there is no wind there
the thing with people and f/1.4 is...

1. DOF at THAT distance is paper thin.... << 1"
so... getting it "right" is a challenge, to say the very least

2. are you using single-point focus?
that would be best and make sure you know which reticle is selected and focus directly on the eyes

3. use the af-on button to focus and not the shutter release. press the af-on button. let it "acquire" and SOFTLY DEPRESS the shutter release

just a few thoughts
 
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Greg,

So would conclude that the focus issues are me and not the lens? That's what I concluded.

Yes, I use spot focus and no I haven't used the AL-Lock button for focus but that was the next thing I was going to try. Thanks
 
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Here's my take:

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Here's what I did...

1) Adjusted levels. (15, 1.4, 225)
2) Added a little saturation (about 20)
3) Smart sharpen 1.0 pixel at 100%
4) Selected (with feathering) just her face and copied to new layer and selected linear dodge blending at 15-20%
5) Added a vignette to darken edges.
 
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Greg,

So would conclude that the focus issues are me and not the lens? That's what I concluded.

Yes, I use spot focus and no I haven't used the AL-Lock button for focus but that was the next thing I was going to try. Thanks

well... it isn't that "it's you," bill
it's just that f/1.4 and kids who never TRULY SIT STILL means that you'll have to take 10 images to get 1 truly in focus

shoot a few people portraits at f/2 or 2.8 and see what happens
that would be my suggestion
 
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hehe spalding scolding the people using f 1.4! jk, but really i learned from him to use 2.8 and its very true i shot at f2.8 over the weekend the images came out really sharp and in focus.
 
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Bill for some reason I can't see your first two images. I have been having that trouble with a few other people. From the rest that people have used, I looked at it and the only thing that I did extra was add a (LBA)warming filter. I don't know, to me she seemed a little cold.
 
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Well, I had a quick go at it..
1. I just ran my basic PP on it. Lvls, Curves, USM, NR, Sat, and Exposure.

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2. Same as above with a Vignette..

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3. I ran a Kubota Action, "Modern Antique 1" I like this one..

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I used a touch of midnight sephia glow, then added back some red and highlights to the dress. I like the colors here, but I don't know for sure if they are true to life.

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