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| p.2 #5 · The wife and I round #3 |
I think the auto went a smidgen too far. I'm getting a slight blue cast on you're face. The image feels almost softish now. One thing to be careful of is making sure you walk away for an hour or two before committing any changes. The reason why, is you're eyes get saturated and they can fool you on what you think is good or not. I saw an example on some photo site how this happens.
My rules are,
I never work on images late in the evening, or pour over an image for more than 30 minutes at a time, fatigue causes bad judgment on my part.
I never commit on an image until I walk away for at least an hour. To let my eyes "de" saturate.
On the bottom row in LR, right click the original and "make" a virtual copy. You'll know it's a virtual copy, because the corner of the photo will be curled up. What this will do, is allow you to refer back to the per processed image for reference. As a gauge. Now, go back to the original.
I brought you're original forward for a closer comparison between these two. I think you'll see what I mean on softish and the slight blueish cast on you're face. Her face is better, but at a compromise. There's another way to brighten her face in LR, without affecting the rest of the image.
Go to brushes in develop module, top right.
Click the drop down and select exposure.
Hit "O" on the keyboard, this shows where you will be "painting" her face. Called an overlay, default is pink I think.
Now set amount of exposure on the lower section to say +5 or 10, by default it will probably be around 30 or 40%. Remember, less is often better.
Now paint her face. The pink overlay will show you where you have painted. Just hit "O" to make it dissappear or reappear.
Now after you have "painted her face", hide (hit O) the pink overlay and by gently moving the exposure slider, you can visibly adjust the amount you are applying to her. If you have a slower PC. move slowly and allow it to make the adjustment.
Try to stay just on her face. Make the adjustment amount you feel it needs, and step away for a sec, then come back and compare to the virtual original we made. It's not unusual for me to have 3 or 4 different versions, until I settle on "the" one. You'll get better as you learn more on processing, but it just takes time.
Here's a quick tutorial on this function. I use it alot, to burn (darken) or dodge (lighten) to highlight something in an image.
Edit to Add:
I forgot to mention, to remove the painted effect in LR, just hold down the alt key and paint whatever effect back out of the image. The pink overlay will vanish as you do this.