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What, me daddy?

By Flymoman
Another shot of my mischevious son, keeping still just long enough. I shot this directly into the light to back light it. I used a layer mask in elements to really bring out the contrast. I've got a couple of versions of this shot.I don't normally crop things squarely but i liked it on this occasion.I'm open to suggestions on this though.

Tags: Portraits and people Child aged 2-3yrs

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 9:57AM
Much more successful technically than the dummy shot, and really attractive, characterful. The eyes are bright and sharp, and very appealing.
I like a square crop but I'd rather see the face a bit further to the right, he seems a bit cramped on the left here.
I think this has b&w potential, I'll try to put a couple of ideas together in a Mod.

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paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 9:58AM
Nice image. Sharp where it needs to be and appealing. Great family shot. Might just run the burning in tool down the right side. To carry out a single simple adjustment like contrast I never bother with masks. No need in my opinion. You can go backwards with the history tool and providing you don't save the adjusted image over the original, there can be no problem.

Masks are more for complex work where you may need to go back and adjust individual layers as you work. I do single adjustments such as contrast and sharpening straight onto the base opened image.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 10:23AM
I've uploaded two Mods - I cropped on the right and added a bit more canvas space on the left, the work is a bit patchy it's just to show the effect of having the space on the left. Assuming that you placed him centrally in a landscape frame, it's easy enough to re-crop the original. I also tried to reduce the highlight in the background top right.
For colour, I made a few adjustments - I darkened highlights by 6%, reduced saturation on red by 9% and passed the sponge tool over his teeshirt to mop up a bit of the bright green. Then I passed the burn tool very lightly (4% exposure on shadows) over the face.
For the second Mod I converted to b&w, lightening red a bit, and made a small adjustment in Levels.
Edit - seeing Paul's comment above, I agree about keeping the workflow simple. People get carried away with masks, there's this idea that because PS has so many options we have to use them all. These are simple procedures easily reversed - I prefer to avoid complications!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 1:09PM
Interesting use of the sponge tool - didn't know how it could be used - an excellent mod by mrswoolybill.
A lovely little fellow - good luck with your photography.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
3 Apr 2013 7:41PM
Much better shot here Stephen.

One minor niggle for me, the near eye is less sharp than the far eye, - this can be easily sorted out by sharpening the near eye only.

Colour is oversaturated (as measured, not subjective), which you may well want and like, but its also good to see what it looks like less saturated. Increasing contrast has the side effect of over saturation, so watch out for this.

My preference would be for more space on the left than right, and the eyes higher than the centre.

All done in the mods, - mod2 is softer.

Good work,



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