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    What should I do to this photograph?

    Here is one of the ones from my album. Its one of my favorites:

    What should I do to this photograph?

    Its actually sharper (I think uploading it changed it slightly)

    Any ideas/Comments?

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Hi Cherie,

    The gallery system will down-sample the images (making them softer) if they're more than (off memory) 600 pixels wide when you upload them, but that's the only thing that I can think of.

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    You need a good sharp image to start with in order to allow for a bit of softening during uploading. I usually give them a slight touch of Unsharp Mask after a substantial downsize to just 'refresh' them a little.

    With regard to your photo. I wouldn't do a lot to it. Maybe just a tweak with Curves to 'liven up' the rather flat colours. Possibly a little boost of Saturation as well, but don't overdo either.

    Alternatively you could try making a duplicate layer and experiment with different Blend Modes and Opacity.

    But these are only final tweak suggestions, the basic image looks good to me.

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Hi Cherie,

    Can you upload the origional RAW file somewhere and send us the link to it?

    This image is just screaming to have all those colors become dominate

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    can you recommend somewhere to upload to? I have photobucket pro but that doesn't like the RAW files.

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by strawbs77 View Post
    can you recommend somewhere to upload to? I have photobucket pro but that doesn't like the RAW files.
    Pop along to www.sendthisfile.com & create yourself a free account. Upload the file with your eMail address as the destination, and then copy/paste the download link that they send you either here or to Kent via a PM (they only allow 3 downloads, but you could always upload it again if more wanted it).

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    I joined sendthisfile... started the upload and accidently closed the tab!

    So I am restarting it now.. but its almost 1 am here so time for bed. Will post the link in the morning.

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by strawbs77 View Post
    ~ started the upload and accidently closed the tab! ~
    Hi Wendy,

    If you are using Firefox, and apologies if you already know this; there is a handy item called "Undo Close Tab", available if you right click on any open tab (avoid the "X" though! )

    Or in IE, there is a similar "Recently Closed Tabs" option.

    Not sure whether the upload would continue from where it left off though, but the above is handy feature.

    Cheers,

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Hi Dave,

    here is the link:

    https://www.sendthisfile.com/IjZ4EAhUoKgjNNn6SWwtfLIb

    Hi Wendy,

    If you are using Firefox, and apologies if you already know this; there is a handy item called "Undo Close Tab", available if you right click on any open tab (avoid the "X" though! )

    Or in IE, there is a similar "Recently Closed Tabs" option.

    Not sure whether the upload would continue from where it left off though, but the above is handy feature.
    Great tip! I do love the tabs feature but it does make it easy to accidently close something!

    Oh.. P.S.... as much as I like the name Wendy - I think my parents prefer me to be called Cherie

    Thanks

    Cherie

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by strawbs77 View Post
    Oh.. P.S.... as much as I like the name Wendy - I think my parents prefer me to be called Cherie
    Oops, sorry, Cherie

    I seem to be doing this a lot lately
    Normally I have the 'excuse' the name wasn't in the post - this time .... oh dear, I must be losing it

    2 am - time for bed!

    Cheers,

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Hi Cherie,

    What do you think about this?

    What should I do to this photograph?

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Oops, sorry, Cherie
    I'm sure that no offence was taken Dennis, happens to the best of us!

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by KentDub View Post
    Hi Cherie,

    What do you think about this?
    I think you need to bring the skin exposure back a bit Kent - it's looking a bit waxy and translucent.

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Better put my money where my mouth is ...

    What should I do to this photograph?

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    They look great!

    Its interesting looking at my own photograph once it has been edited by someone else... It makes me like it more, if that makes sence?

    She is a 'snow white' looking child she her skin is very white. Kent I like the crop size and Colin I notice the background to her left is now greener, which works well.

    I guess what I need to do know is have a go myself and see if I can do what you guys did. Since buying Photoshop I have been too scared to use it!

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by strawbs77 View Post
    She is a 'snow white' looking child she her skin is very white.
    Ah - I've probably warmed the skin tones a touch too much then (very hard to know, not knowing the child).

    Colin I notice the background to her left is now greener, which works well.
    That's due to the warmer colour temperature (more yellow), and the lowered exposure..

    I guess what I need to do know is have a go myself and see if I can do what you guys did. Since buying Photoshop I have been too scared to use it!
    First thing you need to do is religiously work through those two books I recommended (Then you'll be able to do things like this in your sleep!).
    Last edited by Colin Southern; 30th November 2009 at 07:21 AM.

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Wow! Real cute girl there, and great photoshopping. Colin, you edited every portion of the pic individualy or all of it together? I mean you made different layer for the skin and chose just the skin, and likewise, chose the green area in background and worked upon it? Sorry, If I am sounding too stupid

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sahil View Post
    Colin, you edited every portion of the pic individualy or all of it together? I mean you made different layer for the skin and chose just the skin, and likewise, chose the green area in background and worked upon it?
    Hi Sahil,

    Apart from the eye whites (which I brightened slightly) I only made global changes - most within the Adobe RAW converter. Adjustments to exposure and white balance achieved most of what you see. Only a minor levels tweak and sharpening in Photoshop.

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Thanks, Colin. I am yet to learn the exposure settings. Just don't get them

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    Re: What should I do to this photograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sahil View Post
    Thanks, Colin. I am yet to learn the exposure settings. Just don't get them
    Watch this video set, Sahil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCg35T7pr2w

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