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Innocent Pink

By EmzLou1980
I want to try another of this series but this time I've not touched it, accept small crop and border.

If you do a mod to lighten, plz coul you let me know how, thankyou

constructive critique very welcome
Mods definately wanted
Any help apretiated
Even thoughts and feelings good or bad are wanted

Remember from yesterdays upload, same aplys, I had ten minutes to do these shots Smile


Tags: Portraits and people

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Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
21 May 2009 11:25AM
Hi there,
I am no expert on portraits (unless its cats) but this image is very appealing and has enormous cute factor. I like the crop, the composition and the expression captured. The main problem here for me is focus and colour. It seems a little flat and lacking in sharpness. It also has quite a lot of noise in the shot which is maybe due to high ISO. I have made a mod with the following changes:
1) Reduced noise and sharpened.
2) Adjusted curves and increased satuaration
Hope you like it.

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EmzLou1980 9 279 Scotland
21 May 2009 11:58AM
wow thanx you've given the shot life, she's jumping out the picture Smile how can I adjust my camera to not be so "flat" my iso was at 100, is this not suitable, I think my main mistake may have been that I was in a rush and I didnt realise or remember to check my camera settings, they were in shutter priority at shutter speed 160, because I'd previously been using my zoom taking shots.....
21 May 2009 1:34PM
another little cracker
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
21 May 2009 6:30PM
Hi Emma,

To provide more assistance theres a couple of questions I would like to ask:

Did you calibrate your monitor? If not, then what you see may be very different to what we are seeing. This may be why you are asking to make it lighter. Its essential that your monitor is displaying the picture properly!

What exactly do you mean by make it lighter? Is it too dark overall on your screen? Is it brighter you mean, rather than lighter?

What "scene mode" are you using with your camera, - you have approx 13 modes to chose from?

Have you tried portrait mode, - or other modes?

The picture lacks contrast, - which means its a little too light, it looks washed out - so what you need is to provide more contrast, rather than lighten, - hence the questions!

What post processing software do you use, - Photoshop?

You can increase contrast with any post processing software.

How is this lit? Good contrast is provided by good lighting, which provides enough light for the bright areas, but not too much as to wash out the shadows. For example, - if theres a lot of light coming directly from the front of the subject, it can appear "flat", - whereas if the light is coming at an angle from the side and the top it will look better. The camera mode can help a lot, and you can then help even more in post processing, as Paul has done with an excellent mod.

I will check back and provide more assistance when you provide the information!


Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
21 May 2009 7:10PM
Hi again Emma,
Willie has made some good suggestions above especially regarding the lighting. You have already PM'd me regarding some of the above issues raised and openly admit it was basically a point and shoot with in built flash and hope for the best. Unfortunately, the camera was left on shutter priority at 1/160 which is a little slow for moving subjects hence the slight lack of focus and blurring. Your camera has a face detection feature which ensures that the face is in focus, but only works if either Auto or Portrait Mode is selected. Until you are familiar with the camera, I would start taking your shots in this mode and let the camera do the work for you. Then check the EXIF data to see which settings are giving you the best results. Then you can fine tune that in manual mode once you are a bit more confident. In addition to the photo modes, you also have colour and sharpness adjustment. If you do not like the colours that your camera is giving you can set up a user defined colour saturation and sharpness. your manual should tell you how to do this.
Fortunately in this instance the end result was not unretrievable with a bit of post pic editing. I understand from your PM that you have Corel PSP. Brilliant, cos thats what i used to make my adjustments which were as follows.
1) Under Adjustments on the main menu click on "Digital camera noise removal."
2) Select tha areas with the most noise and then set the amount of noise reduction followed by the correction blend and sharpness. In your case I selected 50% for each of the noise reduction options, 70% for the correction blend and 30% for the sharpening.
3) For the saturation select adlustment, Hue and saturation, Hue/Saturation/Lightness.
4)Use the slider bars to increase the saturation and lightness until you achieve a colour that you like. Dont oversaturate. Try to keep the image looking as natural as possible.
5) To adjust curves Select Adjust, Brightness and Contrast, curves.
6) In the dialogue box thre are some Auto adjustments that can be selected for Contrast Colour and levels. In general I only ever use the Auto settings but you can click on the line of the histograph and drag the line to fine tune. To do this correctly I suggest you first get a grip of how to understand histograms.

Hope that all helps.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
21 May 2009 8:09PM
Thanks Paul, - looks like you have it covered, - would still like to know about the monitor calibration Emma

EmzLou1980 9 279 Scotland
21 May 2009 8:27PM
I think my monitor needs calibrated, because right now i'm on my silly tiny laptop and the picture looks reletivelyok, how do I calibrate, and come to think of it i recall years ago messing around with my monitor settings because it was hurting my eyes too much, ok now i really need to get that second set of reading glasses with tints, or this just aint gonna help me *feeling a bit foolish* "duh" never mind, ok how do i calibrate my monitor?? Smile
EmzLou1980 9 279 Scotland
21 May 2009 8:31PM
how do i check EXIF data?
Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
21 May 2009 8:37PM
Go here to view how to calibrate a monitor.
Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
21 May 2009 8:39PM
To check EXIF Data right mouse click on the image in your finepix software then click view properties.
EmzLou1980 9 279 Scotland
22 May 2009 1:55PM
thankyou, will install my fuji software, i think i've managed to successfully manually calibrate using the shades! I can see all 16 shades just!
I was trying to recreate the mod so I can add it as a variant, but psp x1 keeps crashing on me and for the life of me I dont know why grrrr

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