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Old 11-26-2005, 09:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am working on my post processing technique. Thanks to a fellow GG member, I am getting better, but a long ways to go.

Let me know what I can improve.

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Old 11-26-2005, 11:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-27-2005, 12:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It's very hard to tell with the small images, but it looks like you're headed in the right direction.
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In your process you appeared to lose detail and contrast in the background. I would tend to darken the background in a shot like this and lighten the subject which would have been what would have happened if you had used fill flash or reflector and exposed more for the background. But your photo is small so it is hard to judge exactly. Your basic problem is that the photo is not exposed properly. To test this, try this: In Photoshop add a duplicate layer and then change the blending mode to Screen and you'll be very surprised at what the subject looks like. She will suddenly pop right out of the photo. With the original full size image to work with, you'd be able to then use the history brush to darken the background somewhat.

Here is what just the one above change will look like:



Now you can adjust the opacity if you want to change the look of the image at this point. But note the background is now too light. This is where, with the bigger image, you'd use the history brush with the original image as the source and paint in the background (I'd do it on a separate layer, and then you could use opacity for the final tweaks.

Note: From a composition standpoint, you normally don't want the horizon line running through the head of the subject.

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