Heather/Retouching and post-production progress

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Yeps, another "how far I've come" thread - but this time it's the post work :)

SOOC JPEG - this was one of my first "favorite" photos. The girl is a good friend of mine and I always find myself coming back to this photo to try out new techniques.
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Not bad for a newb (horizontal, check - cut off forehead, check)First



First edit... looking back, I think, "OMG, WTF! Was I think?!"
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Edit from a few months ago... better, but still - WTF? It looks like she has fine, shimmer **** all over her face.
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Annnnd an edit from today. I think I've come a pretty good ways in a few years - though I already see some things in this final image I'd like to correct like the crappy cloning job in the bottom lefthand corner and the dark spot above her right ear.
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So whatcha think? If anyone else has done something like this, I'd love to see :)
 

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I do it all the time with old photos in my library but I haven't kept the original jpeg. I just keep working on them in LR4.
 
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Dahhhhh! Always make a copy of your original and saaaaaaaaaave that bad boy!
 

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The second photo is scary. Looks like some I just deleted from Dec. :lmao: I've been trying different editing techniques and just a few months ago my photos look a lot different. Don't you think that editing photos is a journey where as you acquire new skills the previous ones just don't make any sense? Sorta like going through the selective color stage.
 
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The second photo is scary. Looks like some I just deleted from Dec. :lmao: I've been trying different editing techniques and just a few months ago my photos look a lot different. Don't you think that editing photos is a journey where as you acquire new skills the previous ones just don't make any sense? Sorta like going through the selective color stage.


Haha, exactly! I was in a gausian blur phase for that first one...and a contrast kick for both of the first two edits!
 
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...not to mention the teeth whitening in the second. Looks like brand new dentures!
 

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Have to admit I still dislike the whole horizontal format / cut half their forehead off thing. It just looks stupid to me!
 
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LOL Charlie - I never said I was a fan (at least for this specific photo), only pointing out the obvious noob-ness that it represents :)
 

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