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Here's one of my efforts from the studio shoot during the Rowardennan Meet - a portrait of Joanna, the light and life of our Saturday evening out at the hotel.

I thought Joanna was a good sport, letting so many of us photograph her. Fun to be with, too - almost always cheerful. And don't you think she has not just a cheerful, but almost slightly mischievous look on her face? Or maybe I'm reading that into the picture, since I remember Saturday night...

Anyway, the studio setup was great, and made it sooooo easy to shoot this. All I did to the shot after processing it in RSE, was to paint out the chesterfield settee in PhotoShop and remove a few minor skin blemishes.

I'm not normally someone who takes portrait pics, so let me know what you think - comments and mods welcome!

Thanks for looking,

Conrad

P.S. And thanks to Chris for lending me a flash gun and suggesting the right settings!

Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:Canon EF 22-55 mm
Recording media:RAW
Title:Jolly Joanna
Username:conrad conrad
Uploaded:8 Nov 2006 - 9:30 AM
Tags:2006, Flash, Flash / lighting, General, Hc, Highly commended, Joanna, Loch lomond, Meet, Portrait, Portraits / people, Rowardennan, Rowardennan06, Studio
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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 9:38 AM

that is rather good.
maybe a bit of gaussian blur for the skin?

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 9:45 AM

Great shot Conrad, really captures the spirit of Joanna and her bubbly personality!!

Paul

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John_Horner
John_Horner e2 Member 8John_Horner vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 9:56 AM

A lovely bouncy bubbly smile to brighten up the day, Great portrait.

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rossi
rossi  10142 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 10:05 AM

Lovely smiley portrait, very well executed.

Ian.

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Menzabac
Menzabac  837 forum posts United Kingdom
8 Nov 2006 - 10:06 AM

Im not really one for portraits but this really caught my eye, great image
Andy

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daviewat
daviewat  104104 forum posts Scotland
8 Nov 2006 - 10:22 AM

A good image cannot be hard of this wonderful lady to capture, but the look of fun in her face is superb.


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kaybee
kaybee  103793 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 10:41 AM

Almost impossable to take a bad shot of Joanne (but I have managed.........Doh!)................but this is not one of them


Roy

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petra16
petra16  8169 forum posts Scotland
8 Nov 2006 - 10:47 AM

I think you have caught her mishievous side which is just her ( I think)...

petra

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VICTORHABBICK
8 Nov 2006 - 11:02 AM

Very good shot Conrad, makes me smile

victor

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8 Nov 2006 - 11:05 AM

Like it - says alot about the model
Shawry

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BillS
BillS  827 forum posts United Kingdom
8 Nov 2006 - 11:18 AM

A magic moment ! I'm grateful for the large version. Bill

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SueTurner
SueTurner  981 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 11:48 AM

like the use of open space to the right, you have a caught a lovely natural smile - nice work

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mattmatic
mattmatic  10598 forum posts
8 Nov 2006 - 11:53 AM

Great expression!
Just think the skin might be a touch too red/magenta... might do a mod later Wink
Matt

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deegee
deegee  9181 forum posts United Kingdom
8 Nov 2006 - 11:59 AM

Lovely work Conrad!

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kit-monster e2 Member 103685 forum postskit-monster vcard Singapore2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 12:00 PM

Very natural - lovely shot Conrad. Great to meet you at the weekend.

Edward

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Phoebecat
Phoebecat  8 Italy
8 Nov 2006 - 12:13 PM

Good lighting and lovely expression - well caught

Matt

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 12:41 PM

Wow, quite a lot of interest, how unexpected!

Thanks, everyone!

Cole - Good idea, I'll try to think how I can do that.

Matt - A mod would be most welcome. Especially if you give me a step-by-step instruction on how to achieve the same effect! (If that's not asking too much...) I'd be very interested to see what you can do with it.

Thanks, guys!

Conrad

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mattmatic
mattmatic  10598 forum posts
8 Nov 2006 - 1:01 PM

Conrad - mod is done Wink Let me know what you think before I send you instructions! :o)

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MarkT
MarkT  9119 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 1:21 PM

I'm not a portrait person (yet) but this looks great to me.

Mark.

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JouŠo
JouŠo  1056 forum posts Finland
8 Nov 2006 - 1:28 PM

jolly ; )

Jolli

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RoddBC
RoddBC  840 forum posts United States
8 Nov 2006 - 1:31 PM

This is a great capture of Joanna Conrad! I don't think I have seen a bad shot of her yet!

Rodd

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NevP  9853 forum posts Canada13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 2:03 PM

This is great, lovely expression.

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 2:20 PM

Matt, thanks, that works really well! So yes, I would like to know exactly what you did. (Still a bit daunted by PhotoShop work, sometimes - I get lost in the many options and tools...) You didn't really think, btw, that I wouldn't like your mod? Wink It looks very good, thanks!

Rodd - We do like to choose our pics carefully, but I suppose it is indeed hard to get a bad shot of a pretty lady with a bubbly personality!

Jolli - I thought you might like the title! ;-D

Thanks, everyone, much appreciated!

Conrad

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mattmatic
mattmatic  10598 forum posts
8 Nov 2006 - 2:55 PM

Thanks Conrad - glad you liked the mod Wink

First off, the credit goes to Katrin Eismann and her excellent book "Photoshop Restoration and Retouching"... page 118-120 of the second edition.

Correcting skin colour using CMYK:
* Select the image and copy to the clipboard
* Create a new image, change the mode to CMYK
* Paste in the image

Now you've got a CMYK version...
* Use the dropper to sample skin colour
* There should be next to zero black (K) content
* Look at the Cyan (C), and magenta (M) should be about double, with yellow (Y) being a little more. e.g. 20C 40M 50Y
* Add a curves adjustment layer
* Select the Magenta, grab the middle and drag it down - sample the skin until you get it where you want
* Select the Yellow curve and drag up a touch
* Select the Black curve and drag down - don't worry if the whole image goes lighter
* Once you're happy, flatten and copy
* Now switch back to the original RGB image and paste the new corrected version on top.

Now, I found that, because I reduced the black to correct the skin tones, the rest went too light.
So, add a Hide-All layer mask and paint back white around the skin with a 50% brush.

I still found it a touch too much, so I added a Hue/Sat layer, selected the "Reds" and brought down the saturation to -3, lightness +4.

(Phew!)

Highlights:
* Add a new blank layer
* Change layer blend mode to "Darken"
* Pick the clone tool, opacity 10% to 50%
* Make sure "Sample All Layers" is checked
* Sample nearby skin and clone over the highlights
* When done, maybe reduce layer opacity a touch.

Eyes:
Just used the dodge and burn technique on my Eye Tutorial on this site...

* Whitened eye whites (as mentioned on the tutorial)

* New layer
* Blend mode = Soft-Light
* Paint white at 10% opacity, large soft brush
* I also tweaked the "Blend-If" on the layer blend properties so that shadows were not affected (ie so it lifted mid tones primarily)



That's pretty much it really. You can do the skin tone correction in RGB with curves, but the CMYK method is a breeze once you've tried it.
If you haven't seen Katrin's book(s) - definitely, definitely read them Wink Her web site is: www.photoshopdiva.com and there are some excellent freebie tutorials buried in her site too!!

(BTW, writing this out took far longer than the mod! LOL!)
Hope that helps!
Matt

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Paul_Barr
Paul_Barr  9544 forum posts Scotland
8 Nov 2006 - 4:30 PM

Fine capture Conrad. I'm sure that Dave & Joanna would be pleased with it.

Paul

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franken
franken e2 Member 113096 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 4:44 PM

A truly stunning portrait.

Ken

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DouglasLatham

Great shot there Conrad .

Dougie

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conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 7:19 PM

Thanks, guys!

And you especially, Matt - top marks for the most informative comments ever in my portfolio!

And Jules: Excellent mod, too - thank you very much!

Conrad

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colin
colin  9697 forum posts Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2006 - 7:56 PM

Beautifully done, Conrad. You've caught the essence of her personality in this.
Colin

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8 Nov 2006 - 10:12 PM

Mattmatic.......what Did we all do before PS .......( We took brilliant photographs )

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2006 - 9:51 AM

Thanks, Colin!

Andy - Before PS we used the physical darkroom to manipulate images. The main difference is that we do it quicker now, and without chemicals, and not in the dark... Wink

Conrad

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conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2006 - 6:36 PM

Thanks for the HC, Pete! Most unexpected (since it was my first more or less serious attempt at taking a real portrait picture).

Conrad

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Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2006 - 7:01 PM

wow, first attempt and got a HC!
what next?

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2006 - 8:27 PM

Nothing next, as long as I don't get those eyes right! LOL!

C.

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graceland  92378 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2007 - 4:07 PM

WOW


nice one one of your best

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paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2007 - 4:18 PM

This is excellent Conrad, lovely expression, good comp and the combination of blacks are handled really well. Paul

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conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2007 - 5:02 PM

Thanks, both!

Conrad

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