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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:54 pm 
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I have taken some photos of a friends baby, I want to edit them to make them look their best, but the photos looked washed out..

This is the RAW into jpg-
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This was an edit i did with adobe CS3 and setting with exposure and highlights...
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and another edit using Curves...
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What should i be doing to make this photo look it's best?

Also here are a few other pictures I would like to edit to make better, what should I be doing?
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Thank you for your help
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:50 am 
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The PP certainly helped and it also improved the background, this takes my eye of the subject because of the colour intensity and becomes the subject. For me the last one looks like having natural skin tones.

I do minor PP and found that by using sliders it’s difficult to detect slow change. In elements I use quick fix for lighting/shadows and contrast which increase levels by an amount I can detect, then I select a point anywhere in between which looks right for me



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:42 am 
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they look a bit overexposed, suggest drop the exposure/ brightness a bit, also look at reducing contrast a bit and raising saturation slightly.

had a very quick go with xnview, hope you don`t mind.



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:57 am 
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No I don't mind at all, thank you.
Ill have a play with those settings you've suggested.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:52 pm 
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What software are you using to edit with? If Photoshop, do a little research in using overlays. It's difficult for me to explain, I'm just learning good myself. But, using overlays, you can keep sharpness or improve sharpness of his eyes but drop some sharpness or clarity on his little forehead to clean it up a little. It's not hard once you play with it a bit, if you have Photoshop, sorry.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:36 pm 
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I'm using adobe CS3 so got loads of tools I can use.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:40 am 
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ive had another play, if you look at www.neildavison.co.uk/baby/baby.htm
the ones on the left were my first play, the flat washed out ones, and the right ones are my latest play which i think look better.

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