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Just resting

By Debbiee
Again practising with varied light and trying to get a good exposure. In this image I got my son to lay on the back of a chair which is right in front of the window so the light shone on only half of his face. I liked the catchlights in his eyes on this image created by the window, but am still unsure about the exposure in this one, I did play around in raw trying to get slightly different expoures but found if I went to high or low the image became quite grainy so have stuck with near enough the exposure which came out of the camera, and then did a few tweaks in photoshop i.e curves, brightening and sharpening the eyes and burning his shoulder in the top left corner as there was a bright spot in the original.

Tags: Child Portraits and people

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arhb 15 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2011 11:16AM
I really like this. Great use of light, which feathers off so softly, it works well for me.
Love the bright catchlights too.
I might have tried using a piece of white card(or similar)reflector high on camera right, just to lessen the shadow area below the eye/above cheekbone.
pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2277 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2011 7:19PM
This is so charming and atmospheric, Debbie, and the catchlights are beautiful. It reminds me of a child at bedtime, trying hard to stay awake, and I think this is because of the darkness. I have done a quick modification removing the little bit of grey/blue background behind his ear and also the bit of hair and background showing in the top right corner. Where his hair meets the top of the frame, there is a strange horizontal line, which I also cloned out.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4337 Canada
25 Sep 2011 7:53PM

Remember the skin colour comments from earlier shots, - applies even more on low light, - so Ive built in a red reduction in the mod. Ive also slightly increased exposure at the top and decreased at the bottom, while adding some Gaussian blur to the bottom where his hand is. You may notice a tighter crop, and a tilt CCW which I find works for me, as the original has a very slight down tilt. The tighter crop removes most of the area behind his neck, which Ive also darkened a little.

You can notice the red bias quite readily when you flip between the mods, - when you see it in a side by side comparison, it is really obvious.

Hope this helps, very good work,


Jestertheclown 14 8.7k 255 England
25 Sep 2011 10:06PM
Nothing to add here.

This is superb.
Debbiee 16 136 6 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2011 9:48AM
Wow thank you all so much, I was a bit unsure whether I had got it right with this image but your positive feedback means I must be heading in the right direction. I do struggle with colour balance a bit due to editing on my laptop which never shows the right colours, however I do try to go back and forth from the laptop to the PC to view them, the only problem is I don't have photoshop on the PC so can only view them on there using windows picture viewer once they are converted to jpegs, so I still often get it wrong. I have tried using a technique which Willie provided a link to to get the correct colour balance, this worked excellently with the first image I tried it on but now seems to turn all my images very blue.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4337 Canada
26 Sep 2011 6:08PM
To use the technique, your shot needs to be well exposed, - doesnt work well on darker images.

One thing you can try, - almost as a rule, is open colour balance; slide the cyan/red towards cyan to a value of 12; then slide the yellow/blue toward yellow to a value of 3. Works most of the time.

Debbiee 16 136 6 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2011 10:36AM
Thanks again Willie, you really are a wealth of knowledge and I have learned so much from you, which I really appreciate.

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