I hope I am not out of order here offering advice..jklofft said:
Peter,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.
My laptop screen in work is not calibrated (and is way off). I'll check when I get home. Thanks.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?