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Bob Jarman
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Not really happy with the original re-work, posting an alternative for your comparison and thoughts. Original had really bad artifacts if you look closely.

Thanks for looking - tone too heavy on #2 but more interested in your thoughts on technique.


Bob













Nov 01, 2012 at 12:50 AM
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As you know, I am not a fan of B&W, but I prefer the top one to the bottom. I don't care for the tone or the halo created around the head.

This is a great image of a beautiful girl. Half the charm is the expression and does not really need any boost that I can see. Just an old fuddy duddy here so you asked and I replied.



Nov 01, 2012 at 02:14 AM
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Brightening the immediate surroundings dilutes the attention on the subject.


Nov 01, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Bob Jarman
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Ben and Karen,

Thanks for your help. I would used the first but close examination showed the right hand is severely distressed and I could not find a fix. Need to go back and rethink the process.

Best,

Bob



Nov 01, 2012 at 05:56 PM
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You could select the hand, feather the edge and apply lens blur:














Nov 01, 2012 at 08:05 PM
 

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I have a self-imposed rule of never reworking the image of a child... Therefore, I will say I prefer #1... The color cast on #2 is not-pleasing to my eye... For me the image is a great family portrait and should be left as such...


Nov 01, 2012 at 09:27 PM
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When I was in the portrait biz, you'd be surprise how often the first question from the mother before I even started a shoot was "can you retouch ..." (fill in the blank).


Nov 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
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AuntiPode wrote:
You could select the hand, feather the edge and apply lens blur:




Sweet



Nov 01, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Bob Jarman
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oldrattler wrote:
I have a self-imposed rule of never reworking the image of a child... Therefore, I will say I prefer #1... The color cast on #2 is not-pleasing to my eye... For me the image is a great family portrait and should be left as such...


@Oldrattler,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Yes, family and re-works (blemishes, wrinkles, teeth, and more weighty issues) are a risk. I've learned to tread lightly, and frankly, minimize opportunities to step into that minefield - never take captures of certain family members alone...including grand-kids or 'group' images helps deflect attention (and pain).



Bob



Nov 01, 2012 at 11:39 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Alternatives


It also helps to ask folks what they want. Of course they may tell you they don't want any photoshopping... and then complain about their wrinkles and blemishes and ask for just a little work.


Nov 02, 2012 at 12:06 AM





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