Portrait - need critique on PP!

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  1. andrew99

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    What do you think of the photoshop work on this? Too much? Any tips/comments/suggestions greatly appreciated!

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    Very definitely too much in my opinion. It give the impression of a flash set about two stops too high. It also appears rather artificial because the the rest of the image is so dark. Could you post the original for comparison?
     
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    No need to push the clarity slide so far right. You can see the halo where the sharpening pull the subject away from the background too much.

    Maybe a little bump in brightness and some contrast would work.
     
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    It looks like HDR? I don't love it in many portraits because it can make the subject look greasy.
     
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    Way too much USM.
     
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    Kind of a dave hill look. Maybe it is a bit much, but I am a fan of the style.
     
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    I also get the feeling that this is a HDR image.

    I actually like the effect, but that's my personal preference.
     
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    Thanks for all the comments! I appreciate the negative ones, since it helps me improve. Also, I was working on this photo for so long, you kind of lose perspective after a while, although I still like the effect, I think it just needs to be refined a bit.

    The Clarity setting was low in Camera Raw.. The effect was done manually in PS with dodging and burning, many times over, and it is not HDR. I was going for a cartoony, fake look. Sort of inspired by Andrzej Dragan.

    For comparison, here is a screen shot of my Camera Raw settings. This is the image as it was when I imported it into Photoshop and started working on it. Sorry for the large image, I didn't shrink it so that you can see the controls clearly.

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    Thanks again for the comments, keep them coming! :)
     
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    I actually kinda like it
     
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    Compared to the original picture I think it looks alot better, however you should lighten up on the strength of your burning and dodging. Besides over-strengthening the tools i think you did a good job
     
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    hehe, he looks like James Bond in the first one you posted!
     
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    Thanks guys!

    The original picture was not great .. more of a snapshot with the on-camera flash. This photo is from his wedding, so I would like to get something cool out of it and print it large for him. I'm also doing some more traditional photos, but he had a pro photographer, so I'm trying to go for something different here. I used a wide angle lens, and I like the perspective distortion, which I think works with the surreal over-processed look. Anyway, I'm still working on it, I'll post it again when I'm finished!
     

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