Friday, July 10, 2009

Constructive Feedback Friday

Here's a shot I got by pure luck several months ago of Judah doing his Joey Tribioni impression (click on the picture to see the whole shot--I think blogger's cutting some of the right side off):

"Hey there, whatchOO doin'?"

But, like many of my lucky expression captures, it's just not the greatest composition--to directly centered, chopped off the top of his head, weird background, skin tones are a bit odd and there's a general dullness to the coloring. Especially the eyes.

Here's the best I could come up with at the time for editing:


I have a Canon PowerShot S3, and was still just using the Auto mode at the time... I edited in Picasa. Now that I have Photoshop, I've gotten something a wee bit better. But there's still a long way to go.. Any ideas?

(still uploading recent edit...)

Here's one edit I tried with a CoffeeShop Action Called Color Pop.

And here's another version with the same action, different combonation of options:


What I still don't like is the way the background is different on the two sides of his face. It looks (to me, anyways) a bit like a hole behind his right ear....


Shaye said...

Man, that's amazing. I've always used freebie editors, but I think I'm going to finally have to get busy learning how to use photoshop. What I REALLY need is to send someone my picture and have them tell me WHAT to do. I never know where to start.

It seems I'm here a lot lately, so I am following and will be back!


Amber said...

What I would suggest {I'm not the greatest at this either} is leaving the crop pretty much the same except for trim off some of the shoulder on the left side so that it's his face and part of the couch(?). I would also played with the levels/highlights/shadows as well as brightened/highpass sharpened the eyes a little. You can see them here If you want any of them let me know.

Dawn Farias said...

I have no idea, but I do like that coffee shop action. Seems like you should be able to select and cut out the background somehow...

Shaye - The Pioneer Woman has some tutorials.

Amanda said...

I sent you and email with an edit of this photo... its a really great shot!

God bless-

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

Using your on-camera flash can be SO harsh, doesn't take a THING away from his CUTENESS for sure! He's a DOLL!

Your fixes are not bad, I would reduce the reds and yellows in your hue/saturation. Open it up, where it says "MASTER", click that pull down menu and select each one until you've reduced them enough they aren't so bright. Here is one edit I did complete with all the instructions:

And then just for fun, a B&W version:

Tiffany Walensky said...

I agree with Dana, I always try to avoid using the on-camera flash. one alternative if you have low lighting is leave the flash off and turn your ISO up as high as you can go, you will get some noise but that can be edited. This is a great picture overall, I would just try to lighten the shadows some, smooth skin, and add some overall sharpening, esp to the eyes. I also burned out the background because it was distracting, and cropped tighter. You can see my edit here: If you want to know everything that I did, feel free to email me =)

julie said...

I'm afraid I don't have any advice... (I have PaintShop Pro, just downloaded the other week but haven't even started learning how to use it), but I just have to say: Watch out, girls! :)