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Sara Starlett

By NickParry      
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


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.


Tags: Model Wales Welsh Digitally manipulated After Before Sara Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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Well, really love what you pulled out of this though. Absolutely gorgeous

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NickParry Plus
11 1.0k 79 Wales
4 Sep 2007 5:50PM
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
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2007 6:41PM
Beautiful photograph - barmymarny x
4 Sep 2007 6:49PM
Yep, worth the effort indeed.

Coleslaw Plus
11 13.4k 28 Wales
4 Sep 2007 7:01PM
thanks for sharing!
blackbird Plus
10 159 15 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2007 8:03PM
thank you for posting these pics and the explanations they are so helpful, and you have achieved a wonderful image
10 16 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2007 12:30PM
Lovely image - very glamorous. Well done
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.


imagio Plus
10 12 1 England
6 Sep 2007 10:17AM
Excellent, she is dead fit as well..

6 Sep 2007 5:52PM
Excellent work! Like it. Try Portrait Professional 6 Smile

mhaseman 9 608 1
7 Sep 2007 7:55PM
Beautiful. You have really added some moodiness here. Nice job!
Cheers, Martin
kaybee Plus
12 5.0k 25 Scotland
16 Sep 2007 8:35PM
Great image.................hope the modifications are to your liking

NickParry Plus
11 1.0k 79 Wales
16 Sep 2007 9:47PM
Great mods Kaybee

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