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Old 04-17-2017   #1
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After processing the two images below, my s/o pointed out that he much preferred the unprocessed versions to my finished work. I have a tendency to be a bit heavy handed with editing and am trying to figure out if I over-processed the photos or if we're just having a difference of opinion due to style.

Feedback on the actual images is welcome, too - but I'm much more interested in hearing feedback on the editing. =0)





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Not a fan of the washed-out treatment on the centerpiece photo. The treatment on the couple works better, but personally I'd like to see a version without the washed-out effect while preserving the other aspects of the edit.
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Old 04-17-2017   #3
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Wasn't sure which you meant, so I kept the retouching and removed most of the other processing (the centerpiece photo still has a highlight/shadow tint).


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I like both of those better than the "after" images in your original post. I'm a fan of vignettes, and I think these would both benefit from a bit of dark vignette. The couple shot in the first post is nicely vignetted.

NIK Color Efex Pro has a vignette tool (Vignetter: Lens) I like a lot, because you can choose the center point. Might be useful on the centerpiece image.
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Agree with Zemlin, the original "after" image is too "washed" looking. It is kind of like an Instagram or other "modern vintage art" look. Doesn't appeal to me, but I'm old school for the most part. if you or they like it, then you are good.

But I prefer the latest edit a lot more. You have a bit of vignette in it, but it could do with a bit more darkening on the edges, which I guess is what Zemlin is saying too. The one with the couple could take a but of vignette, but not really in 3 corners (already dark), but I like the color and processing and look of it. Wish her eye was in the image instead of hidden by her hair, but it is mood filled as is.

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I agree with Zemlin and Mr. Pickles. I'm old school as well when it comes to how images look. I remember when images actually came back looking like those processed images in the first set. I know some people like that look, i don't. I much prefer the originals or the second processed set.
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Also agree, I like the unprocessed or the last images!
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I have to agree with the s/o, both edits lose a lot of detail/color and with the couple portrait your edit choices seems to be striving for blending subject into the background; I'd try to lessen the effect as it actually distracts from the couple. Nice captures.
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Old 05-02-2017   #9
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Thanks for the feedback everyone! It's very much appreciated. =0)
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I prefer the edited versions, especially with the couple. But maybe if you just try just a little less effect, it would be perfect


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