Photo Edit

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  1. aejoso

    aejoso TPF Noob!

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    I took this photo of my friend. He really liked it and kept asking for me to give him the picture, which frustrated me because I really didnt like it. So I made an attempt to improve it, C&C please.

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    I know...I know... It's a P&S camera photo, quality is not the best.
     
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    dak1b TPF Noob!

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    over processed.
     
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    First shot is better. It's more balanced as a portrait. Second one is just too busy with his shirt and the sky, plus his face isn't as bright, so I'd take the first one. First shot is just more natural.
     
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    The more I look at them, the more I really dont like either of them.

    The first has way too much white and no contrast
    The second is way too blue and dark.
    Bleh..:grumpy:
     
  5. AgentDrex

    AgentDrex No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I would agree, the edit was a bit blue...here's a DrexEdit:

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    Again, for the sake of repetition, I am lazy and so this is not a complete edit...just an example. For the background, I used the top portion of this photo I took (hope you don't mind):

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    he's slightly blurry. I'm betting you were hand held at a longish shutter since you over exposed the original.

    the editing is overdone too and it doesn't fix the core problem which is the lack of focus
     
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    oh mai.

    reshoot.
     
  8. lvcrtrs

    lvcrtrs TPF Noob!

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    Agent, nice background swap. Gotta learn to do that.

    Here's my go.
    -brightness, -highlights, +contrast on subject, +sharp subject
    No idea how to take down the harsh contrast of the hair against the white background. Tried to blur the edges of bit.

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    I just used the quick selection tool (it was easy with all the whites) or use a pen tool and trace around the subject and layer via cut...then place a layer below it, add a background...blur it (or whatever) to suit taste...it is a great "facebook" photo of your buddy...meaning great for an avatar or something similar...keep going...

    BTW: to shorten my name, simply use Drex...I use this nick in the analog world as well...
     
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