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Comment by Poojan Kaushal on May 2, 2012 at 11:16pm


Comment by Gary Vernon on May 2, 2012 at 12:50am

Hi Minette,

in the the original portrait i feel the subjects are too low down in the frame causing imbalance..

Try remember to shoot in Raw because excessive editing on an underexposed JPEG like this one will cause it to structurally fall apart - remember you need 100 percent of the Raw data to work on while editing or artifacts will occur.

The image for me is out of focus to start with?

Using the brightness / contrast sliders is not recommended, using a curve adjustment and setting the Black, white and neutral point is normal work flow in Photoshop..

When you run noise removal it also smooths out the detail.

I agree with Christy regarding using fill flash in this particular scene - you could have bracketed a few exposures if flash was not available as long as your subjects stayed still :)

Comment by Minette van Heerden on April 25, 2012 at 1:45am

Ron, I will remember that in the future. Here is my edited photo, I used Corel Paint Shop Pro. First changed the "brightness/cantrast", then did a "one step noise removal" and then "claridy".

If I do take photos in RAW will PS Elements support it? Because CPS does not.

Comment by Ron on April 24, 2012 at 9:05am

Minette, outdoor portraits are good on overcast days but I would always use an external flash (or the camera flash if you don't have an external one) as a fill flash.  This will make better pictures with some depth.  Better yet is the use of soft light boxes.   Proper cropping and processing afterwards will do a lot.  Take the picture in a RAW format.  This picture had a lot of digital noise in it so I applied Topaz Denoise, then T-Adjust and then some tone mapping in Corel Paintshop Pro.  Here is the result but it was limited using a Jpeg.

Comment by Christy Schobert on April 24, 2012 at 6:40am

I think fill flash is needed here... it's starting to get dark. Or adjust exposure on the camera if you are able too.

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