Originally Posted by RobArtLyn
I don't mind the deep shadows in the bookcase, but the shadow that totally obscures her right elbow produces a "disembodied" hand. Is there any detail there? There doesn't need to be a lot.
There is also the issue of the shadows under her eyes.
Good question and point. One of the keys to working with RAW, is to examine the image at various different exposures to see the range of tones you have to work with. So here is a shot at 1 stop over:
So as you can see, there is lots of detail there, but the question then becomes what do we want to do with it? One of the miracles of Photoshop and RAW, is that I'll be able to bring the image in as a Smart Object and then anything I do to the image will let me go back and do it to the RAW image. So I can selectively process the image (each time having the full RAW data available). Or I can just combine several copies of differently processed RAW images and then paint in the good parts of one onto the good parts of another. More about this as we proceed.
But for right now, here is an example, of how it might look when I bring in the detail of the area that is totally in shadow before. Keep in mind this detail was there all along, but has to be brought out by post processing in this case.
In the next installment, I'll show how easy it was to do the above. So now, compare the above to the original image and see if you like the arm better.
Note: No other changes made. No sharpening as of yet at all. No cropping.
I'll leave the shadows under the eye for later also when other comments about the eyes are registered.