My Daughter makes her first Holy Communion

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My youngest.

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

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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.
 
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My youngest.

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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.

Cheers

Peter
 
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peterdove said:
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.

Cheers

Peter
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.
 
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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:
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with PS tweaks:
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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?

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Joe Photo said:
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?

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My laptop screen in work is not calibrated (and is way off). I'll check when I get home. Thanks.
 
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