How can I make this POP?

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  1. kahulani

    kahulani TPF Noob!

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    I know this probably has major exposure problems, but I am trying to make this pop. Anyone wanna give it a shot or give me some advice in order to make this image better? THX!​
     
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    I would suggest playing with your contrast and midtone settings, increase the contrast, decrease the midtones...
     
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    Thank you that helped alot! Now why didn't I think of that! I've got a long ways to go here, so any other advice would be cool!
     
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    Little tweaking...


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    It looks like you've got a big exposure problem in-camera, with the intense backlighting causing a lot of "pollution" of the image, due to intense veiling glare that the lens gave when shot into such a strong backlighting source. I think the best thing to try would be to create a new layer, and go to Apply Image, and hit "Screen" and set the opacity to 90 percent or so, and maybe repeat that step a time or two. That will lighten thingss up a bit. Images like this, that have been shot in extremely high-contrast backlighting cause veiling glare (a type of lens flare) AND over-tax the dynamic range of the sensor, are very difficult to make "pop!"

    If you would have had a LOT of fill lighting in that room, you could have shot this with an in-camera exposure that would have been contained within your camera's 10-stop (roughly,depending on measuring methodology) Dynamic Range, but my guess is the original image is pretty so-so...

    You could also try making two raw conversions, one for the shadows and the other optimized for highlights,and combining them.
     
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    What I did,

    1. Duplicate layer, set to multiply, Duplicate again,
    2. Change the opacity / fill of the layers to suit.
    3. add a layer mask and mask out the people then invert the mask
    4. add a levels adjustment to lighten the background, mask out the people
    5. add contrast.
    6. touch ups, I basically lowered my brush opacity and brushed the peoples faces back in so they weren't blacked out.
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You can also crop it vertical thus filling the frame with your subject and less distracting background
     
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    Ok, here is what I did, I made 3 layers, the first one was the original pic, the second layer I had the contrast and brightness turned right down, then the third layer I used the original again but the opacity turnd down to 25%.

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    eeeek.
    sry, uuilliam and snaggle...i don't think these edits work at all.
    uuilliam, yours pops, but too far off the page.
    snaggle, you;ve taken the levels so far that there are diffinitive pixels all over the image.

    im thinking MJs edit is pretty good...gives it a nice bold contrasty look.

    it;s a tough image to start with.
     
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    I'm not sure if this is a gigantic improvement but I tried my hand at editing it.

    Basically I used Lightroom, and used a lot of fill light, a little recovery, and upped the blacks and contrast.


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    It's similar to mJs's I just wanted to keep some of the shadows in the mans face in so it wasn't too blown out, and then I wanted to have the woman's face a little brighter.
     
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    In my opinion, you have so much vignetting it's distracting. Maybe a different crop would work. In this type of setting / background -- it's a more dreary scene, you'd expect a horror or sad scene. Pictures like this, I think, require happiness and color. I mean, they're celebrating life! But here's what I did with it.

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    I'd do an even tighter crop.
     

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