One more, a headshot of Megan with the red dress

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The image was severely cropped, and underexposed by at least 1/2 stop and has some serious noise issues. I used Grain Surgery on it, but pre-sharpened it 1st, which wasn't the right way of doing it. Any constructive comments welcomed 8)
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It is a well composed image with nice even lighting Steve. I don't think the grain surgery did you any favors as her face is too smooth. I personally like to use Scott Kelby's process for a slight gausian blur for the skin with the eyes, mouth, etc., kept sharp. Her skin looks pretty good everywhere except her face and it seems to be a bit overdone. She is a lovely young lady and photographs well. Pretty smile.
 
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Hey Gordon,
Can you tell me more about the the "Scott Kelby" process.
I can't find anything on it. :(
Obtain Scott Kelby's book The Photoshop CS Book For Digital Photographers. It has numerous examples of techniques that can be used with PS CS. They are spelled out in a simple step by step process that is pretty easy to follow. I have learned a lot from reading this book and recommend it highly to anyone that needs help with PS CS.
 
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You know what the biggest problem is with this shot?

The damn thing's OOF, that the problem. :evil: I went back and looked at the original nef, and it's simply not at all sharp. All I did was exacerbate the problem. Honestly, I didn't use much Grain Surgery, and she did overdo it on the foundation makeup a bit. Usually, I have to clean up at least some blems o the skin, but not this one, it was perfect. Damn focus problems with the outer reticles is what it is! 1/125th @52mm is 3x the focal length vs shutter speed, so I think I had that fast enough. Perhaps shooting at wide open didn't help either. That cam's going in for a checkup for sure now.
Here's the EXIF,
Nikon D2X
Focal Length: 52mm
Optimize Image:
Color Mode: Mode I (sRGB)
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off
2005/07/31 08:23:29.9
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
White Balance: Auto
Tone Comp.: Less Contrast
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Metering Mode: Spot
AF Mode: AF-S
Hue Adjustment: +3°
Image Size: Large (4288 x 2848)
1/125 sec - F/2.8
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Saturation: Normal
Exposure Comp.: -0.3 EV
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Sharpening: Normal
Lens: 28-70mm F/2.8 D
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Image Comment:
 
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Steve you said it was underexposed by at least a 1/2 stop. I did a method where you go into Photoshop and do a selection just choosing the face mask. Then go to levels and see if the histogram shows over /under exposure. What I saw was a centered histogram. The only thing I did see were spaces on either side of the histogram showing lost information on the highlight and shadow side. Besides that and to me with this process it looked as if it wasn't underexposed. What do you think?
 
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Increased it by 1/2 stop in NC4

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Steve you said it was underexposed by at least a 1/2 stop. I did a method where you go into Photoshop and do a selection just choosing the face mask. Then go to levels and see if the histogram shows over /under exposure. What I saw was a centered histogram. The only thing I did see were spaces on either side of the histogram showing lost information on the highlight and shadow side. Besides that and to me with this process it looked as if it wasn't underexposed. What do you think?
That's why it looks correct now. Also, I noticed in the exif that I mistakenly set the cam to -1/3 EV.
 
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Oh I didn't realize you had corrected it before posting. It did look dead on to me just by looking at it.
 
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Thaks Jim,

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Oh I didn't realize you had corrected it before posting. It did look dead on to me just by looking at it.
Too bad the pos pic isn't in focus! :evil:
 
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Steve, have you tried 'Smart Sharpen"? I have found it to be quie effective at fixing oof shots, as long as they are not too oof (which this one isn't - it looks great at this size.)

And you're right NR. At iso200 Grain Surgery should be virtually undetectable. But why did you sharpen first then GS?
 
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Hey Steve,

I can certainly understand your frustration at not getting the perfect image, especially since you are your toughest critic...but with the exception of what you are mentioning in the facial area of focus, the image is outstanding. Maybe I'm not helping by not being critical, but when I opened the thread and saw the image...all that came to mind was...WOW!

Keep up the great work with her and keep posting the images, many of us have little experience with portraits...it's nice to see some great examples to try someday.
 
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By the way, there is no sign of flat light on this shot. All the curved parts look real round.

Like her cheeks. ...

Is the backlighting natural light and front light flash?
 
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Thanks Guys, & Chris?

Chris101 said:
By the way, there is no sign of flat light on this shot. All the curved parts look real round.

Like her cheeks. ...

Is the backlighting natural light and front light flash?
I'm the 1st to admit I have no clue how to properly use my SB800. I'm much more familiar, although far from adept at using studio strobes. They a lot simpler. Turn em on, adjust power, shoot. Will check out that sharpener prog you mentioned.
 
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