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    Soft serving ice cream

    I shot this picture yesterday at a park, it was a very sunny day around 2 pm. Used fill flash but I think I've overdone it. It looks too shiny which I don't like. Any tips I can fix this in PP?

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    Re: Soft serving ice cream

    Hi Alis,

    Yes, it is a bit OTT. (over the top)

    For the kids, just a wipe over or two with a burn tool I'd say.
    (and maybe a sponge for the ice cream! )

    The shadow of them on the van might take a bit more work, but it's not too obvious if you don't go looking for it. Might get away with just blurring the shadow edges. Plus there are a couple of specular reflections to deal with on it.

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    Re: Soft serving ice cream

    Quote Originally Posted by Alis View Post
    I shot this picture yesterday at a park, it was a very sunny day around 2 pm. Used fill flash but I think I've overdone it. It looks too shiny which I don't like. Any tips I can fix this in PP?
    On the bright side, I guess we won't be getting anymore commentary from you on "the evils of Western diets"!

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    Re: Soft serving ice cream

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    On the bright side, I guess we won't be getting anymore commentary from you on "the evils of Western diets"!
    Well, they are only 3 and 4! An ice cream once in a while is allowed, even for adults! Everything in moderation and lots of exercise. And if you don't get enough sunshine, and most likely you don't, don't forget vitamine D supplements

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    Re: Soft serving ice cream

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Hi Alis,

    Yes, it is a bit OTT. (over the top)

    For the kids, just a wipe over or two with a burn tool I'd say.
    (and maybe a sponge for the ice cream! )

    The shadow of them on the van might take a bit more work, but it's not too obvious if you don't go looking for it. Might get away with just blurring the shadow edges. Plus there are a couple of specular reflections to deal with on it.

    Regards,
    Thanks, Dave.

    Blurring of the edges. I think that is a good tip. I have never tried that before...

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    Re: Soft serving ice cream

    What camera are you using, and was the flash shoe mounted or pop up?

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    Re: Soft serving ice cream

    Quote Originally Posted by Amberglass View Post
    What camera are you using, and was the flash shoe mounted or pop up?
    I use Canon 5D MKII and flash was a 580EXII shoe mounted.

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    Re: Soft serving ice cream

    Quote Originally Posted by Alis View Post
    I use Canon 5D MKII and flash was a 580EXII shoe mounted.
    Use a diffuser to soften and diffuse the flash instead of aiming it dead on. You can also try aiming the flash head at a 45 degree angle and use the pull out bounce card. Just like light, shadow/shade also has a fall off point; you can also have your kids walk towards you for better balance.
    Last edited by Amberglass; 4th August 2009 at 03:12 AM. Reason: addition

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