My beautiful daughter.
Albums: Easter 2012
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Thank you, I will look into this and play with the demo's. I was a big Corel fan many years ago, but had to switch to the standard business junk do to the job I had. I have a current copy of the corel office suite and will be looking to add paintshop pro. I shot 736 pictures at a bike ralley on Saturday and have loads of editing to do this weekend. I also Promised I would take out my daughters friends this weekend and do a photoshoot at an old abandoned farm house made of stone. I have to say, I am looking forward to it. Thanks again Ron, you have been great.
Dave, I use Corel Paintshop Pro X4 and it will handle all your needs for a long time. You can buy Photoshop but it is expensive. PSP X4 is on sale now and you can purchase books on it too. My preference is PSP X4 and Topaz plugin bundle.
I used Topaz Detail plugin (which is compatible with Corel, Adobe Elements and Adobe Photoshop) to balance the luminance of the underlying color without changing the color itself. I also used the color balance adjustment in PSP X4 to shift it blue a bit. If you get one of the above programs you can try the plugin for 30 days. I know this is all pretty advanced but you can grow into it. Check here for a great price on Paintshop Pro and there are some books you can add if you want them.
There are webinars on using Topaz as well. Here are some on using Detail: http://www.topazlabs.com/tutorials/detail.html#2
it's wonderful having her as a model. I have two boy's but they dont sit still for very long. I really like her eyes in your edit. I used the warming tool in picasa 3 for this shot, and comparing it to the raw file, the eyes lost alot of the pop. I am waiting for an editing class to come up at the local community college then I will be purchasing photo shop. When you say that you adjusted the color balance, are you talking about the curve feature or something else. The healing tool I have tried to use on Gimp 2 but dont really understand the process of using it in that program. I thank you for sharing your knowledge with me, and I value your critique. God Bless....Dave
Hi Dave, I think this is a pretty good portrait of your daughter. It must be good to have her pose for Dad. I tried a few changes to it which you can consider. Frist I used the heal tool to remove a few blemishes and I cropped it. Then balanced the color luminance in Topaz Detail. The color balance needed shifting a little toward blue and finally sharpened the eyes. Here is the result. Not a huge change though. I think her eyes show up better too.
Joe, thank you for your comments. I believe my focus piont was center. I usually focus on the eyes and hold that focal point than frame the shot I want. That way I can keep the eyes sharp and clear. My daughters eyes really pop in some light. As far as getting you the exif data, I am not sure how to do that. I am playing with it just allow me some time and I will post it. I used sb700 flash for fill i believe on this shot. I also used a reflector I recently purchased and was playing with. I am fortunate that I have a very understanding daughter, and will sit as long as she can waiting for me to take the shot.
Hi Dave, I think thi s a really nice composed shot. I would like to see the exif data, just curiosity. It seems to me that the leaves on the right are more in focus than your daughter. Where were your focus points set. You hit the lighting spot on, nice job.
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