Grand Daughter

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  1. abraxas

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    I'm trying to make a nice print for my ex-daughter-in-law of my grand daughter. Here's what I come up with so far.
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    Any suggestions as to what I could do to make this better? (tone, contrast etc.?)
     
  2. oldnavy170

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    You could sharpen the eyes. That always look nice on portraits.
     
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    I agree with Old Navy in sharpening the eyes but I would brighten them a bit too with dodging, and soften the focus on the freckles, particularly the dark one on her nose.

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    erm...no...just no.
     
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    A basic technique in professional portraiture.

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    To put it a different way, a portrait photographer is not taking a photo of zits, moles, or freckles. He\She is taking a photo of a person and the viewer's attention should be drawn to the eyes and not distracted by freckles. This does not mean that the freckles are eliminated in Photoshop. It just means that they are visually de-emphasized through soft focus or other techniques. Basic technique.

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    How do you do that??
     
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    Lighten and increase contrast in the face.
    It is way too flat and dull to print well now.


    PS: and if you allowed editing, we could demonstrate
     
  9. abraxas

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    Sure, go ahead, I could use the help this time around.

    We were talking last night, and I've always noticed her eyes are beautiful, and in the soft light her freckles show, but not so harsh as they do in the outdoor shot- I'd reshoot, but we're not about the inside of buildings, and we're sending her back in a couple days... I'm not objective at all :).
     
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    That depends on what kind of portrait you are approaching, tons of photographers focus on zits, moles, or freckles, because they are part of the person that people can instantly recognize. The eyes aren't the only interesting part about a face, although they are important to draw the viewers' attention because they what provoke day to day interaction between people. But after viewers see the eyes they usually want to explore the face.
     
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    Traveler's edit had a pinkish red skin tone that did not quite fit in my opinion, but then I have some Irish blood and realize that girls with freckles often have very pale skin colouring. What I did in very simple terms was take the red out, thereby de-emphasizing the freckles and bringing more attention to her blue eyes.

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