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Studio Portrait by Jo Ann Snover
[Yesterday at 10:28:54 PM]


Thank You from Metairie, LA 2 by Mhayes
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Give me some ice cream!! by Jo Ann Snover
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Wedding couple by Hannie
[September 21, 2018, 03:20:18 PM]


The muckerupper has been.... by Lynnya
[September 21, 2018, 09:03:26 AM]


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Happy boy by BBeesley
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Easy / Re: Studio Portrait
« Last post by Jo Ann Snover on Yesterday at 10:28:54 PM »
... and since this is a studio photo--I don't think there would be that kind of shadow (almost the shape of the woman's hair)...

IMO that's exactly what it is - a shadow cast by the woman's curls. If you look at the harsh, small and dark shadows, this isn't a very well lit studio portrait. And it could have been avoided by changing their head positions...

It would be easy enough to fix it, but I don't think it's damage - not by the flood anyway :)
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Easy / Re: Studio Portrait
« Last post by Mhayes on Yesterday at 08:54:05 PM »
One other thing I keep looking at is the shadow by the man's eye on your right. It's not his hair and since this is a studio photo--I don't think there would be that kind of shadow (almost the shape of the woman's hair). Coming along beautifully.
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Latest Thank You's / Re: Thank You from Metairie, LA 2
« Last post by Mhayes on Yesterday at 08:49:34 PM »
Thanks Mike and Jan for sharing. Makes it all worthwhile.
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Latest Thank You's / Re: Thank You from Metairie, LA 2
« Last post by Jo Ann Snover on Yesterday at 04:02:22 PM »
I'm coming to this post very, very late, but I worked on a number of her family's images. How very thoughtful of her to write to thank us

I saw a powerful family story in the ones I worked on - the couple's marriage to celebrations in their children's lives.
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Moderate / Re: Give me some ice cream!!
« Last post by Jo Ann Snover on Yesterday at 03:52:46 PM »
I think the arm position does look much better in this version.

The palm of the hand, below the thumb, has increased in size, obscuring more of the boy's eyelid than in the original. I think that should match the original (if you overlay a masked original showing just the hand on your edited version, you'll see the change clearly).
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Moderate / Re: Give me some ice cream!!
« Last post by Marydh on Yesterday at 02:54:24 PM »
Hi Jo Ann,
Thanks so much for all the tips. I hope he looks better now.  Let me know what you think.
Mary

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Easy / Re: Studio Portrait
« Last post by Lynnya on Yesterday at 01:14:32 PM »
To be clear, I'd much rather you be picky and help me get this right before submitting it.. I would hate to submit something that was not as good as it could be.  Looking at my last restore I can see the contrast is too high and also the blown area. I'll download your version and step back from the screen a bit and go over it again.
Thanks for your help, I appreciate it. Standby for the next version  :)

I downloaded the file and to me it still looks like there is a lot of tan/yellow in his complexion.. almost like he's wearing heavy makeup but I'm sure he's not..
Thanks for the detailed file, it'll help me I hope. Sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees..
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Easy / Re: Studio Portrait
« Last post by Jo Ann Snover on Yesterday at 12:15:00 PM »
At the risk of sounding picky, I think you overshot the mark a little - too much contrast given my guess as to how the original portrait looked. Especially in the darker areas, the shadows are getting plugged up.

Perhaps I can explain myself better with a edit of the original, just for tone and color (i.e. all the damage still there). Here's the PSD file if you'd like to take a look at what I did. And here's a JPEG:




I'm not 100% happy with my version, but I'm telling myself the original was styled and color graded that's part of the reason for them looking as they do. :)

There are some blown areas - at least in the downsized version of the original you posted - on the woman's jeans, right by the edges of the denim jacket. It looks like they're still there in the most recent restore. The nearby jeans should provide something to clone though.
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Easy / Re: Studio Portrait
« Last post by Lynnya on Yesterday at 09:20:12 AM »
Hi Jo Anne,
How does this look to you.. I used your method with separate layers for the hands and faces.. first time I overdid but I think this looks better..
Thanks for your help on this one..
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Moderate / Re: Give me some ice cream!!
« Last post by Jo Ann Snover on September 21, 2018, 08:18:51 PM »
Fun image! I think the skin in your first take on this is a bit too yellow and a bit too bright - the overall color looks right in the damaged original and is just a little too dark.

Not sure how you lightened it, but if you used a curves or levels adjustment layer, you could either mask parts of it or lower the opacity to reduce the effect. I used a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to tone down the reds and yellows and masked it just for the skin. My edits were really sketchy, but I hope you get the idea.

I think the arm isn't quite the right shape - it's really hard to tell given the damage, but take a look at a very quick edit I did on your small version, plus some reference images from stock previews of elbows in the sort of position this boy's is:



The edge of the boy's arm needs to be very soft where it's over the grass - once you're happy with the shape, the hard edge will have to be blurred a bit.

Also, in the cloned grass, you have some hard vertical edges - I assume you hit the edge of the image in the source area - which will need to be removed.
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