Looking for some c&c on PP, OK?

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  1. saycheese76

    saycheese76 TPF Noob!

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    Does anyone have some specifics as to what I can do in PP to improve this?
    Thanks!
    Jason
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    clone out the stuff in the background. It's too sharp to give context without taking focus away from your subject.

    Technically, you could deal with the hotspots (not a big problem with this image) or bring up the shadows a bit around the eyes.

    With his sharp angles, defined features and facial hair, this image may be a good candidate for a fairly aggressive high-pass sharpening that accentuates those features.
     
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    Whew. Google is my friend. Howzabout this?
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    I say :thumbup: to the PP of the face/sweatshirt. However, with the background completely black, he looks as though he's been photoshopped (I think even someone who didn't know about photography would spot this). I am a noob, but did you try selectively blurring the background? (I think that's possible) All in all, nice work.
     
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    I think the guy's face, the colors, exposure, etc. are perfect. The background just needs help, and I think utterly removing it looks a bit ... off.

    What about something like this?

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    It's a touch sloppy because I did it in like 2 minutes, but I basically...

    1. Selected the area in the background
    2. Feathered the selection by a bit
    3. Did a brightness reduction bringing it down all the way
    4. Did a gaussian blur on it
     
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    Yeah. I kind of like the b/g. I like how bringing it down a bit made it fade into the background of the image overall. Thanks for the input, gang!
     
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    3rd time's a charm?
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    little too sharp in my opinion


    edit: directed toward previous post
     
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    2nd and 3rd are too sharp. it looks unnatural
     
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    I'll continue to tinker. Thanks again, guys!
     

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