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Sara Starlett

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As you will see from the original this needed lots of work to get it up to scratch. Sara was after a glamourous look, like the starletts of the 40s. This attempt was taken with a ring flash, and it ruined what could have been a good shot. Also, Sara did her own makeup, which on reflection she should have asked for a makeup artist to do it for her Smile

Method:

Really too long to say in exact detail. But what I did was copy the background and use surface blur to smooth out the skin a little, on top of this I copied the background layer and did a high pass sharpen to bring back a little skin detail. Lots of level adjustments, and also used a bit of dodging and burning on parts of the eyes and lips to add shine and depth. The makeup near the hair line was not good (to say the least) so lots of work here cloning etc. Also cooled the image slightly with photo filter adjustement. Lots more done but I hope I have explained a little of the process.

Nick

Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Sara Starlett
Username:NickParry NickParry
Uploaded:4 Sep 2007 - 5:34 PM
Tags:After, Before, Digitally manipulated, Flash / lighting, Model, Portraits / people, Sara, Wales, Welsh
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Well, really love what you pulled out of this though. Absolutely gorgeous

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NickParry  91016 forum posts Wales79 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2007 - 5:50 PM

Thanks Koen. I love this feature, and I am quite pleased with the result. I have a saying that you 'can't polish a turd' but I suppose sometimes you can Smile Nick

Last Modified By Dave at 4 Sep 2007 - 5:51 PM

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GalleryGirl
4 Sep 2007 - 6:41 PM

Beautiful photograph - barmymarny x

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digipix76
digipix76  7577 forum posts England
4 Sep 2007 - 6:49 PM

Yep, worth the effort indeed.

Ian

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Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2007 - 7:01 PM

thanks for sharing!

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blackbird  7159 forum posts United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2007 - 8:03 PM

thank you for posting these pics and the explanations they are so helpful, and you have achieved a wonderful image

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LINDAW
LINDAW e2 Member 8LINDAW vcard United Kingdom
5 Sep 2007 - 12:30 PM

Lovely image - very glamorous. Well done
Linda

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focused-photography

I think you have done here a good job. But the skin is for me to red. I think it could be better without a but red.

Regards,

Carsten

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2007 - 10:17 AM

Excellent, she is dead fit as well..

Bernie

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GregorP
GregorP  9 Slovenia
6 Sep 2007 - 5:52 PM

Excellent work! Like it. Try Portrait Professional 6 Smile

Gregor

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mhaseman
mhaseman  7608 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2007 - 7:55 PM

Beautiful. You have really added some moodiness here. Nice job!
Cheers, Martin

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kaybee
kaybee  103823 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2007 - 8:35 PM

Great image.................hope the modifications are to your liking


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NickParry
NickParry  91016 forum posts Wales79 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2007 - 9:47 PM

Great mods Kaybee

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