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Old Jul 19, 2006, 7:58 AM   #1
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Is there any way I could improve the contrast on either of these shots, using CS or PhotoImpact.





The first shot is untouched except for crop and signature
The second, I've removed a lamp post growing out of the girl's head.
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Old Jul 19, 2006, 11:09 PM   #2
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You obviously know enough to not use the contrast control. The first one I just defogged with a high radius and low amount in unsharp mask and some very subtle adjustments in selective color. I don't think you want to go much further than that. That is a nice photo.

The second one is already too contrasty. I applied shadow/highlight, defogging and took out some yellow in the reds in selective color. The face is already getting blotchy even going that far and what appears to be the red reflection from the shirt is starting to be more noticeable. I used just a tad of smart blur to smooth out the face a little. If you have a noise plug-in it might be a little better for that, but I wanted to use what I know is available to you. I would probably do something with that burned out sky – either paste one in or add a little blue.




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Old Jul 20, 2006, 1:02 AM   #3
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Levels middle slider down to around 0.84 on michela2.jpg
Levels middle down to around 0.68 on michela.jpg
Different setting would be personal choice. I like natural colors not over saturated causing that fake look.
Overall the photos are quite natural looking colors the photos are a little overexposed causing the flat colors in the shots that all.

Photo into the sky could use some other adjustments shooting at a little different angle would of helped with a light fill flash. RearCurtin flashmode works great for these shots.
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Old Jul 20, 2006, 5:09 AM   #4
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Slipe and JT, Thanks for taking time to reply and make suggestions.
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