1) I see what you mean about the chin and the shadow on her nose, but do you mean there's too *much* shadow* or not *enough* shadow? If I had my druthers I'd have less, as in none. But I want to make sure I'm not missing something.
2) Eyelids and expression, yes, I know. She went to a modeling school. *heavy sigh.* Toward the end I had her a little livelier. She should recover. Also, she showed up wearing false eyelashes. I should have told her to ditch them immediately, but I didn't. I thought, "Well, I've never shot somebody with glittery false eyelashes before. Maybe it'll be cool." Or... maybe not. Now she has weird eyelids in most of the pics. Chalk it up to experience. ("Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.")
3) The hair backlighting was what started me shooting her in that particular place. Here's original pic, straight from camera:
Only retouching I did on first pic was the crop and desaturate. (Adjustment Layer-> Desaturation. Master Saturation set to -100.) Did the desaturating make it gray and muddy, or did I start from an image with insufficient tonal variation? To my eye and on my monitor the first pic looks okay, but it could be better, snapwise. Suggestions, please?
4) Do you like original pic better than first crop, or somewhere in between, or did I just blow the whole framing in the first place? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
I am very grateful for your advice and would be just as grateful for any expansion. It is not possible to hurt my feelings: if you say something I don't agree with, I'll just assume you're nuts. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]