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Old 08-09-2007   #1
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Default My son took this...

It's about the only way I can ever get a picture of me and my husband, I'm not so great with the timer and getting a good expression. This is the image straight out of the camera. Anyone willing to give it a go? I am all out of ideas on what to do with it.

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Here's a go. I used a skin smoothing filter and enhanced the shadows a bit.
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Old 08-09-2007   #3
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JD...
Ohhhh, now I like that skin-smoothing filter!

I wasn't sure where would be a good point to crop... should the skin on my left arm be completely cropped out?
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I wasn't sure where would be a good point to crop... should the skin on my left arm be completely cropped out?
Not sure. I'm no cropping expert.
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Old 08-09-2007   #5
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I wasn't sure where would be a good point to crop... should the skin on my left arm be completely cropped out?
In my opinion it should, as it distracts a lot. If I am not sure about cropping I just put my hands in front of the screen But maybe your head gets a bit too close to the border, then just clone it out.
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Old 08-09-2007   #6
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Selective sharpening and contrast seem to be the issues to me
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Or maybe this is the key. Blurred background and shortened dof

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Here's my attempt... I added a warming filter, slight diffuse glow... and to be honest, I don't know what else... I was just playing around with things until it looked good to me! (sorry, still getting used to Photoshop! so I "play around" with it a lot... I get some cool effects and then can't remember how to do it again... kinda sucks, actually!)
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I thought the background and shadows were too distracting so I eleminated them and added a nice oval frame, just to finish it off:
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how about a soft glamour glow:


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