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I love Jesus. I love my family. I love photography. I love books. I love thinking. Probably in that order. I have a wonderful husband, five beautiful daughters, a house, and a camera. I enjoy spending time talking to my husband, playing with my girls, redecorating my house and shooting things with my camera. In my spare time, I sleep.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Photo Makeovers

 For today's post I thought I'd participate again in Pixel Perfect's weekly Before & After blog hop.  I love this hop because it is amazing to me to see how much work actually goes into making a photo really pop.  The difference between SOOC (straight out of camera) & the post-edit shots can sometimes blow your socks off!

Sometimes on my photos I barely do anything except maybe up the contrast a bit;  other times I like to give the whole photo a makeover.  This week, since I have more young adults & senior portrait sessions in my future, my photographic goal has been to learn how to "makeover" these young people in my photos to make them look their best & downplay some of their temporary blemishes.  I have been practicing on some photos I took of my sister a few years ago.  I thought I'd acknowledge my photographic learning process here by sharing one of those photos in this week's blog hop.


What do you think?  I use Paint Shop Pro 9.  Any advice from other photographers who know the program how I could improve in this area?

And don't forget to go over to Pixel Perfect's blog & check out what other people can do with their photos.  It is so much fun!

17 comments:

kristalucasphotography said...

i love how you smoothed out her skin in the edit without making her look plastic-y. nice!

lovingmylife said...

I love the smoothing on her face. Great job.

Courtney said...

I love the difference in her skin, yet the photo still looks so natural. What a great edit!

Tiffany said...

I think you did great! It is a lot more natural than you sometimes see. (I myself struggle with a heavy hand!) Beautiful shot.

Christy said...

I think you did a wonderful job with the makeup!

Tracy said...

Really great job keeping the image natural looking!!

Julie said...

Great job! Very natural and bright!

Jenn said...

Love the smoothness the edit brought to the skin and the "pop" of the green background. :)
Jenn

Pixel Perfect said...

I love the color and the retouching! Great work!!

loki photography said...

great job, awesome eyes!

Anita Johnson said...

I agree with everyone already. It's east to over edit. I have seen many portraits with "alien eyes"...her's look bright, but natural. Nice work!

Alysha (Supermom) said...

what a beautiful edit. nicely done!

Christy, the Mum said...

Beautifully done edit. She has gorgeous eyes!

Jen said...

the differences are SO subtle and yet take a really good picture and makes it amazing!

Heidi said...

Beautiful! Her skin looks great and the green color is amazing. I agree, on overdoing it with the eyes, sometimes they dont look natural at all. NICE edit!

rajani said...
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rajani said...

It’s a Good make over. I can see the lots of difference and it’s very suitable to that face.

I love the total set up and the girl smile add some more beauty to it.

In single word the girl in the just rocks by this make over.