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Discussion in 'People' started by jklofft, May 15, 2005.
A window portrait with a reflector on the opposite side. Taken with a D2h 80 f/1.4
She so cute!! Nice shot Jeff!!
What a cute time in a young girls life. This image will mean more as time goes along.
What a beautiful little lady you have there! Can you imagine this - next time she wears a veil & dress will be her wedding!
Excellent lighting as well - this really compliments her cheeks and smile.
I hope I am not out of order here offering advice..
I really like this image and your daughter is beautiful but feel that she is being merged into the background too much, I can see that you have done a great job in not blowing out the highlights but this has narrowed the image to a narrow range of midtones and shadows.
I think some good work with layers and masks would help increase the contrast in your daughter to help separate your lovely daughter from the background.
You make a good point. I could have chosen a better background. We started outside, but it began to rain. With my daughters patience waning, I opted for the quickest lighting set-up that I could.
I took the liberty of tweaking the curves & levels
Granted now, Peter's suggested method of layer masking to do this is much better to keep the bg darker, the way is is now, but I did it the "quick & dirty" way, since I don't know layer masking yet.
I just moved the upper right corner a little left in curves, then increased the highlights & midtones in levels... that, and cropped it a little tighter, but that's totally a personal preference. Also, I did this on my "surfing puter", not my cal'd photo editing puter, so if it isn't just right, that's why
with PS tweaks:
I have a few ideas myself.... we need a retouching forum! Do you mind if I have a crack at this one?
Sure, go ahead.
OK here goes...
I wanted to isolate her from the background a little bit more. I used a vignette and a slightly desaturated layer mask. I pulled up highlights on her skin & dress and in doing so, revealed a pasty orange cast from a wall or reflector. I could remove it from the NEF without much problem, but the small JPG didn't have enough data to effectively remove it. I added a smidge of diffuse glow then pulled it down selectively on another layer mask to add an etherial glow to the highlights.
What do you think?
What a great photo and beautiful little girl. You are a lucky man. Wait till the wedding!
I know, I saw your photos. Ouch, I'm not ready and the time goes so very fast.
My laptop screen in work is not calibrated (and is way off). I'll check when I get home. Thanks.
In the blink of an eye my friend, blink of the eye.