My Daughter makes her first Holy Communion

Discussion in 'People' started by jklofft, May 15, 2005.

  1. My youngest.

    A window portrait with a reflector on the opposite side. Taken with a D2h 80 f/1.4

  2. She so cute!! Nice shot Jeff!! :D :D :D :D
  3. What a cute time in a young girls life. This image will mean more as time goes along.
  4. What a beautiful little lady you have there! Can you imagine this - next time she wears a veil & dress will be her wedding! :D

    Excellent lighting as well - this really compliments her cheeks and smile.
  5. peterdove

    peterdove Guest

    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.


  6. Peter,

    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.
  7. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    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
    Your original:
    with PS tweaks:
  8. I have a few ideas myself.... we need a retouching forum! Do you mind if I have a crack at this one?
  9. Sure, go ahead.
  10. 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?

  11. What a great photo and beautiful little girl. You are a lucky man. Wait till the wedding!
  12. I know, I saw your photos. Ouch, I'm not ready and the time goes so very fast.
  13. My laptop screen in work is not calibrated (and is way off). I'll check when I get home. Thanks.

  14. In the blink of an eye my friend, blink of the eye. :(