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belibeli Mar 31, 2005 3:59 PM

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I have tried to get the best colour to this shot and I have never get a good one, too red or too blue. How to balance it?

kex Mar 31, 2005 4:20 PM

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Here's my attempt:
I used selective colour adjustement in Photoshop and changed white, red and yellow colours. Playing around helps. maybe you can get a better result.

belibeli Mar 31, 2005 4:33 PM

Good job, thanks. I'll try using Linux-Gimp.

RodneyBlair Mar 31, 2005 4:39 PM

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Here is a corrected version. I used the catchlight in her left eye as my white selection.

It will help if we know what photo editing software you are using.


aladyforty Mar 31, 2005 6:12 PM

Im just here to say that she is a stunning subject, very photogenic

Tom Overton Mar 31, 2005 8:06 PM

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I'm probably going to regret this, but here is my attempt. As usual, I defer to the more expert, studied opinions of Rodney and our friends like Frank and Kalypso... But I figure if I don't try anything, I'll never learn.

Here, I used a levels adjustment layer in PS Elements 2, but I took the highlight from her earring. I then applied a contrast mask, which slightly bumped up the contrast and (to me) brought more attention to the girl's face. Bear in mind, I have a terrible track record when it comes to colour correction, but I found this more appealing.

Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada

P.S. The girl is lovely.

AMG Apr 1, 2005 11:32 AM

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It seemed pretty good to me at first. Monitor calibration is a big factor, but here`s a very small adjustment, ( and my monitor may not be 100 calibrated I realize )

belibeli Apr 1, 2005 5:40 PM

Rodney as I said before, I use Gimp under Linux.

KENNETHD Apr 2, 2005 5:04 AM

With such an appealing young subject it's very hard for me to get down to color dissection. It's just that the eyes and smile and sunlight on her cheek really light up this picture. Pretty darn good in the original. Tom's comes in not much different from the original and very appealing. Once I've gotten over the pleasant impact of first glance, really the only area in the photo where the color looks a bit off is the area below the bottom lip, just looks a tad greyish, but that's hardly worth mentioning. The cheek, eyes, hair are the major eyecatchers (IMHO) and they look great to my eye. Belibeli, where do you think the red or blue needs improving? In what part of this picture? Sorry, it's just not that glaring to me. (I'd like to get more aquainted with your interpretation) Thanks, best regards,


Tom Overton Apr 2, 2005 10:37 AM

The original seems to have been shot at fairly close range with a fill flash. (see the sharpness of the shadow under her chin) While it is possible belibeli may have used a filter on his flash, it's more likelythat he didn't.That being said,it does seem to me that the cast on the girl's face should be more white than golden. (though the gold is very attractive on her).

One thing I considered was to soften the edge on the flash shadow so the glow looked more like ambient light, but this thread is only concerned with finding the correct colour.

I remain interested in Belebeli's original question; how to get the best colour out of this shot.


Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada

belibeli Apr 2, 2005 12:41 PM

I tried to get a blue sky but I always lose too much red her skin.

KENNETHD Apr 2, 2005 3:02 PM

You should be able to adjust the sky's color independant of the skin color. I just finished posing this question last week in my digital photography class, and we did it it in photoshop using levels. I really was impressed, but I am fairly new to the procedure, tho someone here surely can explain it. It was a bit different for me since we use Mac's in class and I have a PC. I have Photoshop elements tho and am currently experimenting with that same thing as homework. Sorry, I don't know anything about Gimp, but good luck...I've been watching your posts and like seeing your work. Best regards,


BernBennett Apr 2, 2005 3:44 PM

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Here's my effort. Processed in PicWindowPro using curves and colour balance.

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