Help me choose which photo to use...

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  1. crystal_lynn

    crystal_lynn I am sure I sound childish

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    I am posting these photos for 2 reasons first I need some help deciding whether I have overdone the photoshop versions.

    Second, to show all of you who said my studio photos were "sears" and lacked creativity that in "my element" I can take good photos.

    Being that I live in Wisconsin and we have had one of the worst winters on record I need to learn studio out of necessity, can't just work when it is warm...

    Set 1:
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    Brightened Eyes
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    Set 2:
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    Cross Processed
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    Set 3:
    Original
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    Wall patch, skin healing
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    Set 4:
    Original
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    B&W Filter
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    Set 5:
    Original
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    Cropped, Cross processed
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  2. niforpix

    niforpix TPF Noob!

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    Just a comment on the 1st set... Since the eyes are so small, there is barely any difference in the 2 photos. If you didn't tell me the eyes were brightened, I probably would've never noticed.
     
  3. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    These are worlds better!!

    I'm not really into the cross process, but it has potential. I agree with the above comment and the eyes, its better suited for 'set 2'

    All of these could also use a little cleaner, and careful post production, layermasking, slight dodging and burning, sharpening, etc..



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    Sharpened, dodged, burned, slight gaussian blur for skin, white balance adjustment, and patched.
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    nothing amazing, no voodoo, just simple color correction and careful, quick editing. It makes a world of difference on the finished product.
     
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    I like the cross processing, too. (originally from Chicago and remember those winters!) Lynn
     
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    Sw1tchFX, could you tell me exactly where you dodged and burned in this photo, and HOW you got your eyes so sharp?! I usually burn the edges of my eyes and lighten the color with dodge, but how did you achieve that glassy, sharp look? Please share!
     
  6. crystal_lynn

    crystal_lynn I am sure I sound childish

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    YES! You must tell me exactly what you did because that looks awesome! I am just learning CS2 as I go and I need to know how you did those eyes.
     
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    Much better I think. I really like natural light :)
    Not digging the cross processed look. Otherwise great start
     
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  9. Sw1tchFX

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    Magic!


    All I did was do a white balance adjustment in the color balance window, high pass sharpen it using smart sharpen, dodged the highlights in the eyes, and then selectively sharpen them, I also burned the bricks to give them more texture, and layered a gaussian blur with a 40ish opacity to smooth out the skin, and layer masked out the brick and the eyes.

    all in all, about 3 minutes. I used CS3, but it all still applies to CS2.

    I highly recommend shooting RAW, and getting a book on photoshop to learn how to use it photographically.
     

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