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Old Jun 25, 2011, 10:55 AM   #1
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I usually dont like the photos of my son as he always has the cheesiest fake smile, however we were at the local church garden party and I took this one with my new 25mm lens. Its a pity about the background but I like this one that much that I will get it printed up for my desk at work.

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Old Jun 25, 2011, 11:44 AM   #2
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Cool looking kid Sam. Natural looking smile and looks like he's loving his mum's attention.
He'll never tell you that of course.

You can always blur out the background, it'll make a difference. One of the pS guys here can show you how.
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Old Jun 25, 2011, 12:39 PM   #3
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Sam, listen to Ken - for some odd reason he is spot on here. Blurring the background would make that a terrific photo. I'm not good at that but I'll bet someone here would even volunteer to do it for you if you sent them the original file. Or, I have a friend who is a whiz at that and she would do it.

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Old Jun 27, 2011, 3:30 AM   #4
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Sam, listen to Ken - for some odd reason he is spot on here. Blurring the background would make that a terrific photo. I'm not good at that but I'll bet someone here would even volunteer to do it for you if you sent them the original file. Or, I have a friend who is a whiz at that and she would do it.

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Could you find out of your friend would be willing to edit the file for me? my post-processing skills are non-existent and I would not have a clue!!!
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Old Jun 27, 2011, 6:58 AM   #5
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Old Jun 27, 2011, 7:30 AM   #6
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Happy looking young man and you captured him perfectly.

Just a suggestion, but sometimes performing a close crop solves the background problem but also serves to really focus in on the subject.

Hope you don't mind my adjusting your image without asking.

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Old Jun 27, 2011, 7:34 AM   #7
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Oooooooo Zig I like that!!!!

No I don't mind, this is all learning for me.

Anyone else please feel free to modify!
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I agree with Zig. Cropping the background puts the focus back on the face and brings out the real expression in the photograph.

Here's my edit, corrected the color, added little sharpness and contrast

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Old Jun 29, 2011, 10:42 AM   #9
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Can I ask what colour correction is? How did you sharpen?
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In photoshop you can go to Image>Adjustments>Color Balance to correct the colors. Sharpening can done by simply going to Filter>Sharpen. I use the High Pass filter i.e. Filter>Other>High Pass. For High Pass filter you need to create a duplicate layer of the image and then apply the filter. Play with the screen modes and you'll get the desired effect.

Wow I never spoke photoshop lingo before :P
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