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thanks for that.
would it have been better to bump up the shutter speed a bit to kill more of the ambient to achieve some of what you're suggesting in photoshop, and maybe add a 1/3 exposure to the flash?
this was my second family portrait, first with more than 3 people. it feels a bit limiting with what you can do as far as lighting goes. almost forced to have flat, even/boring lightning, unless you want to cover someone with shadows.
Everyone is leaning in tight so I would suggest taking advantage of that and cropping out extraneous elements on the sides and bottom of the image to leave mostly faces with lights and decorations as a background. You can also try darkening the background to hold the attention on the faces. I would duplicate the image, set to multiply, select the opacity to leave the background fairly dark and then select a layer mask and paint on the mask to lighten the faces. I don't have time to work this image but you should have little difficulty bringing in a...Show more →