Thursday, September 22, 2011

Week 37 good to WOW Edit Adult Portrait

On Monday, via flickr, I shared one adult portrait I had taken of a friend from church.  She loves pictures and was a fabulous subject, though the church parking lot probably wouldn't be a location of choice for a professional photographer.  Luckily I am not a pro and a challenging location only forces you to learn more, right?

Anyway, here is the edit of the photo I shared on Monday (mouseover for original).  It might be the favorite of the 32 photos I kept, but it might not be.
I did all of my edits for this one in LR3--+25 vibrance, -20 clarity, +25 contrast, flat tone curve, and custom white balance.  I then applied these settings to all the photos.  Then I used the adjustment brushes.  I whitened her teeth and used the skin softening on her face with the brushes. 

I thought about taking it further, but I thought I would experiment with other similar photos from the day to make things interesting.  I did the same thing as above, but then for skin softening I took it into PSE.
I ran CoffeShop Blog's Perfect Portrait 3 for skin softening and since I was there also brightened the eyes a little.  Then I ran Pure's action No Ordinary Slumber...I really like the tones it adds to a photo, subtle but warm.

I'm not really sure.  The second one certainly looks a little more processed, and that is not really my goal, especially for a snapshot for a friend, but a portrait?  There are opinions on the whole spectrum of options and I just don't know what my opinion is.

But rather than send my friend 10 headshots, I thought I would work on editing one of the full body shots I liked.  I took very few because I just cannot get myself to back up!
The pasted settings, crop, +13 clarity (bringing it to -7), teeth whitening adjustment brush, and small vignette.  Really I am content there, but I decided I wanted a black and white so I took it into PSE and got this:
I know it isn't black and white, but I found the black and white too busy with this background.  I ended up just running two actions: Pure Pop and Pure No Ordinary Slumber; so easy.  (Mouseover to compare the LR3 and PSE edits.)

But I still wanted a black and white.  I know this is getting long, trust me, I know, but bear with me for one last photo and edit, if you will.
Just moved around a few sliders, +.20 exposure, +7 brightness, +2 saturation, +25 vibrance, flat tone preset, and custom white balance and I did use the skin softening adjustment brush.  Then I tried to find a BW preset in LR3 that worked.  I tried a lot of them, but it just wasn't happening for me.  So I took it into PSE again in order to use my fall back, Pioneer Women's BW, but I didn't like that either.  But I finally came up with a black and white photo.
Pure Baby Max, Pure Sunset, and Pure No Ordinary Slumber.  I guess I couldn't quite give up completely on color.

So there you have edits for this week's Shoot and Edit.  Check out Ashley's blog for more portraits!



Sara Anderson said...

Nicely done! I love the first one! The change wasn't too drastic but enough that it looks soo nice!

No Greater Love said... did such a good job. I really love the last picture of your friend. It is my favorite.

Mike and I are sitting here looking at your pictures, and marveling. :)

Plus, it is making me seriously want to own some photo editing program!!!

Ashley Sisk said...

I'm really loving the first edit - it's nice and clean...staying true to her. I can't decide if I like the perfect portrait one. I love PP3, but I can't decide how I feel about softening people's skin too much. IDK, they all look beautiful though.

Leovi said...

Delicious processes that share with us, thank you, no doubt the results are excellent.

Kathryn said...

i REALLY love that last shot, but the second edit is super nice. and edit should bring out a person's best qualities and make them the focus. i think you accomplished that!

Courtney said...

They're all beautiful! I think I'm really loving the first one. Simple and clean. Lovely!

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Beautiful- I love how you brightened her up just enough. AND her hair- so pretty- love that color.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful photos and edits. I loved the black and white conversion.

Kimberly said...

These are all beautiful! Love the B&W one!

Michelle said...

These are all great, Cedar! Glad that you kept going and learned that some shots are just meant for b&w and others, just aren't. I'm loving the first and last edits. :)