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Sarah - Too Soft??
Old 03-26-2007, 11:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Following image of Sarah, Would like comment on whether the processing is too much. Been looking at it for awhile, at 1st didn't seem soft but later started looking a little soft.



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Old 03-26-2007, 12:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Following image of Sarah, Would like comment on whether the processing is too much. Been looking at it for awhile, at 1st didn't seem soft but later started looking a little soft.



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Since the word "soft" is very subjective, you need to tell us how you are defining "soft". Some people use it to mean that the shadows are more diffuse (as in soft lighting). Other's use it to talk about focus issues as in the focus is not as sharp as they would like. Others will use the term to describe a dreamy look to the photo. Anyway, let us know where your definition is in the spectrum of possibilities (we have to know what map describes your territory).
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Re: Sarah - Too Soft??
Old 03-26-2007, 12:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm with RFS, John. It's very subjective. If you hadn't mentioned it, I wouldn't have looked at it and thought "too soft," so whatever softness you're perceiving isn't jumping out at me. (The blonde with the blue tones in your portfolio is much softer, but still not overly so.)

The complexion is a little smoother than I would prefer, but that's "the look" in this digital age, so my preference for realism is a bit out of date.

It's a nice portrait. The important question to me would be, "What does Sarah think?" but I guess that depends on whether she's a model, a client, or both.

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Old 03-27-2007, 04:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Tom, RFS,

Thanks for the reply. By Softnes I'm refering to the Skin tones. Tried to even out the complexion and take the edge off while still retaining the pores structure. Trying to get away from the airbrushed look.

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Re: Sarah - Too Soft??
Old 03-27-2007, 06:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Looks fine to me!
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Re: Sarah - Too Soft??
Old 03-27-2007, 08:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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John, I don't think it's overdone. Remember that we look at this stuff all day and can recognize it easily. To the "normal person" (okay, I mean the untrained eye) it looks like a pretty woman with a nice complexion.

When you said "soft" I was thinking of this, which I think is overdone. I can't really change it though. It was shot on film with a filter a few years ago.

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Had to try.

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Can't resist a challenge, eh TRW? Actually, I've never tried, although I have an 8x10 print of it that is closer to the color correction that you did. (Which I like, thanks!) The scan I posted was from the proof.

That was a Tiffen Hollywood FX filter. When that baby softens, it stays softened.

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All I did was use levels, took out some red, sharpened, used that for history, and went to the last adjustment and used history to replace eyes from the sharpened photo.
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