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  1. misstwinklytoes

    misstwinklytoes TPF Noob!

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    I took these pics and they're good pics of a girl who doesn't normally smile. I'd like to make it them decent (not so bright). Is there any hope?

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    She has a lot of sun on her face in the first pic. and deep shadows in the eyes on the second. Have you tried curves, levels and recovery?
     
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    misstwinklytoes TPF Noob!

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    I tried playing with the curves, but it really didn't look good. I'm still learning PP, so any help would be appreciated.
     
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    misstwinklytoes TPF Noob!

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    It doesn't help that she's SO pale to begin with. :D This is my family so, I guess I can talk.
     
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    oldmacman TPF Noob!

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    I would have tried PP on the pic, but you have a "do not edit" warning.
    I would have tried:
    - adjusting mid-hilights down
    - adjust exposure down
    - Adjust highlights down
    - I'd have to see where that takes me before going any further
     
  6. misstwinklytoes

    misstwinklytoes TPF Noob!

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    Yeah I should fix that. I think I misunderstood that when I signed up for the forums. Feel free to try it if you want. :D
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Is the original a JPEG file, or a RAW file?

    If it's a JPEG, there is not enough editing headroom to 'fix' the photo.

    Few good outdoor portraits can be made without supplimental lighting.

    Explore how to use spot metering, open shade, and fill lighting.
     
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    vtf No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I attempted but because of the pale skin and her in direct sunlight you'll never get a great photo without some help. When available shade can help.
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    misstwinklytoes TPF Noob!

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    Thanks a ton. I should have shot in Raw! I could kick myself for not checking that. Reshoot necessary!
     
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    I'm not a fan of the second one. The first one is good, but I think it would benefit from adding a little blur to the background.
     
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    If I was doing this one I would have sped up the shutter and used a flash. The fast shutter tones down the brightness and the fash gets rid of the shodow or lessens it.
     
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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Here it is. You want to fix the contrast, but then again you dont want to show more of her freckles.

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