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Old Sep 8, 2003, 2:37 AM   #1
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Here is a photo of a friend. I somehow do not think it is as good as the "posed photograph" of the lovers, but I cannot think why...

Can anyone tell me why the other photo is more striking?

What can I do to this one to make it have same impact as the other one?
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Old Sep 8, 2003, 5:18 AM   #2
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Hmmm... Well from my point of view the fair skin and the blond hair are really having a kind of 'washing out' effect. The green blue of the eyes could be accentuated to bring them out more and add some contrast there... Also the burn on the right hand side could be muted somewhat... My two cents...
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Old Sep 8, 2003, 5:53 AM   #3
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I think a lot of it has to do with the background, but I agree that the blond hair is too bright on the right side.

The posed picture has a very nondescript background. It doesn't have any form besides a couple streaks of light which are balanced on both sides of the couple's heads.

The background in this picture looks like something (houses and a car), and I think it takes away from the subject of the portrait.
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Hello sound engineer

You always share such intriguing photos on this forum!

This photo is no exception.

I have reviewed some of the other forum members'
thoughts and have attempted to incorporate some
of them.

I thought that perhaps, a black border, brings a
greater contrast to your subject's hair

I am intrigued by the years on your subject's face.

The wrinkles speak of the years but also of someone
who, I sense, smiles a lot in her life and is very
comfortable with the photographer

Respectfully submitted to sound engineer for her perusal....


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Old Sep 8, 2003, 6:20 PM   #5
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Thankyou all for your comments and advice...

I have tried to follow your advice, but did not know how to take the burnt out bit down....
does anyone know?

I tried a black border around and thought it was a little too extreme for this photo...I settled for grey instead, but I think I prefer the white actually...

Here is what I have done so far... I did very badly on the hair, I know....
But I learnt alot from it....hehe...like maybe using magic wand is a good idea....hehe....

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Old Sep 9, 2003, 12:33 PM   #6
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Looks and sounds good to me to me, Soundengineer!

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Old Sep 9, 2003, 12:51 PM   #7
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Soundengineer,

Well, since Digcamfan did his enhancement, I thought I would try too. This really is a good learning tool.
I used several layers to soften and adjust brightness and contrast,etc.



I really don't think you can do much about burnt out highlights.
I think Klaus DK has a method he uses but I'm not sure what he does.

Anyway, I always like practicing different techniques!

Hope you like it
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thankyou digicamfan.

Jazcan, how did you soften it? I really like the softening effect near the hair.
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O.K., I'll let you in on my secret. I wanted something to soften pics of my mom so I did some surfing around and came across a cool program called ClearSkinFX. My mom never wants her picture taken and when she does let me take it, she wants me to hide her in the shadows :lol:
Anyway, the program can be downloaded from Mediachance.
They also have a lot of other neat programs and the best thing is many of them are free!!!!!

It can be found at www.mediachance.com
click on the digital camera tools and you can download it for free.

It does tend to really soften though, so it all depends on what you want. It really works great for wrinkles and blemishes and also seems to enhance skin tone. It should really only be used for portrait photos as it does soften the background as well but if you use layers you can always brush out the areas you don't want softened.

Hope this helps
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