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    Posted: 01 February 2013 at 07:36
Hi sabrowenie...

I just saw this... I like his hair colour.. His skin seems pretty near... Even hs shirt shows a bit more colour...

I will copy and paste yr info as its great learning techniques from others..

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Here's my humble contribution: EDIT did not see this was an old post...sorry.

Sorry but for some reason I cant capture the PP history file, but here's what I did.
1. Fixed WB. Used the pillow in the BG assumed it to be white.
2. Captured the RGB percentages in the skin tones.
3. Fixed the exposure.
4. Using the HSL slider tried to get the skin tone back to original reading.
5. Used the brush tool to enhance iris.
6. Used the brush tool to soften skin. IMO gives it a nice glow.
7. Used the tone curve target tool to bring back the hot spots around cheeks and chin (PS mask would have worked well but I try to keep it under five minutes PP time)
7. Used the brush tool to blow out the BG a bit.
8. Added a bit of vignette.
In hindsight I would have used the HSL target tool to add in a bit more red to the lips. But that would have changed the RGB ratio on the skin tone. Plus I was at my five minute PP time limit.

Edited by Sabrowenie - 03 February 2013 at 00:19
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You're quite welcome... I typically under expose my shots or at least try to maybe 1/3-2/3 - this ensures you get all the data. It is far easier to up the exposure on a severely under exposed image than lower the exposer if it is washed out. So I think it perfectly fine that the ORIGINAL image is slightly under exposed. I really didnt have to touch the Exposure slider to get it like I wanted it. I just used shadows and whites and blacks and hight lights to get the correct exposure. Everyone has a different work flow. We all also have different tastes and depending on what mood I am in or what kind of mood the image envokes I will adjust accordingly... BTW I was using Lightroom 4.x just incase you wanted to know...
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Thank you daala for the different photos .. Very interesting...

I think for me I really need to crack the exposure something I have to to work on.. I get so engrossed in getting sharpe eyes I then loose what I am doing lol...

Thanks again
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Debra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 December 2012 at 02:24
Markl Sorry I meant I did not Think of changing the white balance to flash.. My fingers were going faster than my brain or is it the other way round lol...

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Awesome how so many people get various results and there really is no right or wrong.. Even I edit based on my current mood so I may not get the same result twice.

With this photo there are several basic fixes you want to correct before editing fully... #1 WB so in the Photo below I made an adjustment to the white balance only here are the Before and after. Keep in mind the the Before and after images are not ORIGINAL BEFORE... this was done in stages so the Before image is the same as the after in the previous image. Pic 1 Before is original:


In this second image in addition to WB and Tint I adjusted Clarity as well as exposure, but rather than adjust exposure with the slider I used a combination of white adj, Blk Adj, Shadows and Highlights



In the 3rd image set after correcting the basic issues I decided to go a little more on the feel I wanted for this image. I bumped the clarity up a bit and added some sharpness as well as some NR



In the Next set I went back to the Original image and created another virtual copy with I took the liberty of a full edit. So I enhanced the iris and whitened the eyes as well as the Sharpen and NR and Exp... I dropped the clarity down to about 1/2 what it was in the previous photo. smooth out the skin a bit and enhanced detail in the hair.



Next image set is first of the BW images. I took the previous image and switched to BW Dropped the clarity a bit more and used edge masking for the Sharpening... NR was also maintained



Finally I used less clarity to soften the image in the other BW version




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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mark L Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 December 2012 at 00:40
Originally posted by Debra Debra wrote:

To be honest Mark I have never really thought of using flash, so it something I will try next time.

Your OP says you were using flash........or did you mean to type something else?

Keep experimenting and you'll get what you want. It does seem that perhaps your laptop is misleading you somewhat.

There are many ways to brighten eyes and there is no right or wrong way. But I agree with Darosa that the ACR adjustment brush is excellent. Again, keep trying and you'll get there. Use an appropriate brush size and feather, and keep the cross that is in the middle of the circle only in the areas you want to brighten. Having made an adjustment you can alter it. Make sure the button is green (if it isn't, click on it to select it) and then adjust the sliders as you wish.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 December 2012 at 17:29
Just another try: since I think that boy has angelic eyes and that they take all of my attention while looking at this image, I decided to go very tight with crop and do this:



Applied a bit softness, lightness and glow on the skin and lighten the eyes. I wish I had bigger version to work with since the quality with small images is very poor when cropping them.

Edited by svjetlana - 01 December 2012 at 17:32
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jkp1.. I like the crop..

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Debra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 December 2012 at 13:44
I tried using acr brush etc and could not get the hang of it, so something I have got to learn..

here is one done with dodge and sharpen tool for the eyes

last upload now lol

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Debra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 December 2012 at 13:22
Right. looking at this pic and what Mark done they look the same, but in photoshop my photo looks more pink so know I need to try and sort this laptop out.. at least gives me an idea of where I am going now and what settings to start with

Thanks again for all replies

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same settings as markL..

testing to see if look diff once on line

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Debra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 December 2012 at 13:14
I had a go on MarkL settings and not sure if its my laptop as its basic with a basic graphics card and have no spider etc..

I found the 17 for colour balance for mags and yellow etc made him look too pink so too down to 5.




opps to light, I think marks is more spot on..
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