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    Editing portrait practice

    Well it has been a while now that I have been hiding away with my video friends at Kelby training....so maybe I should be getting good or at least better at it....hmmm

    Sadly I keep finding other lessons that interest me and I keep jumping around....rather than staying at the portrait retouching spot....

    anyway here are a couple that I have been playing around with.
    It is an enjoyable work in progress though.

    Editing portrait practice

    Editing portrait practice

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    Re: Editing portrait practice

    Quote Originally Posted by wilgk View Post
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    Editing portrait practice
    If I don't like the first portrait I do like the second one very much
    He is a very nice young man and corresponds to my idea of an Australian: blond, blue eyes and white complexion.
    In the second shot I would only make the background a bit darker and his eyes lighter but not overdoing it, to keep them natural.
    I would also enhance the - what's the English for the little red/orange spots on the skin ? I know but I don't remember now -
    Perhaps there is also a light orange cast, or is it my monitor ?

    Nice work Kay Nice work and Health to him and your family.

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    Re: Editing portrait practice

    Hi antonio! I think they call it Freckles. not sure though

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    Re: Editing portrait practice

    Thankyou Antonio
    His Mum told me he doesn't ever have a big smile in photos - so rather than try to force that and make him smile - I tried to follow the the advice from a video Colin pointed me to - and work with what the child is giving you.
    Hi wry smile is him.
    The eyes here were my first attempts at brightening them and sharpening using layers and masks.
    I will keep practicing

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    Re: Editing portrait practice

    I do like the second one, too, Kay. What a funny, cute little smile and personality is coming through. He looks very natural. I like the "dimple" that he has on his left cheek - yes, a 'wry' look. Antonio has given you such great advice, already. I'll just second that the eyes do look a little bit like glass.

    I admire you and your Kelby training videos but it's great to have you posting some photos, again.

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    Re: Editing portrait practice

    Thankyou Katy - I think I find a new edit tool and tend to go 'too far' when I first use it..so i will keep working at the 'less is more' option & yes we had great fun.
    I had him and his sister rolling down grassy slopes, running toward me, climbing in trees - and I just snapped away - then when I asked them to wait a sec' for the 'real shots' they needed a rest and were happy to oblige
    Editing portrait practice

    I will have a 'test edit' on another later & see what you think

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    Re: Editing portrait practice

    Quote Originally Posted by wilgk View Post
    Thankyou Katy - I think I find a new edit tool and tend to go 'too far' when I first use it..so i will keep working at the 'less is more' option & yes we had great fun.
    heh, heh. I've never, ever done that, personally. Don't know what you're talking about.

    Editing portrait practice

    Is he....is he.....winking??? How cute is that?! (What a lovely garden! sigh!)

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    Re: Editing portrait practice

    The expression is very good on the second photo. You can't fake that!

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