GALLERY BEFORE + AFTER BLOG

Jun 12, 2010

BELLA BELLA

One of her favorite thing to do is to hang out at the playground. With children we need to be in an environment he/she is comfortable with to get the great candid expressions. The challenge of using the playground as the backdrop is the background can get busy. I framed to photo to keep the background as simple as possible and yet show where she is. She is 34 months old. Watch carefully, there are 3 photos in the slideshow.

  • Photo 1: The original photos are slightly underexposed to capture the details. This way I can decide during the digital retouching stage how much detail I want to show in certain areas.
  • Photo 2: The exposure is corrected and the colors are shifted.
  • Photo 3: If you look closely
    • The red pole is removed. Now the pole doesn't take the attention away from the cute expression.
    • Lollipop color is enhanced.
    • Slight bags under the eyes are lightened and blended to give a more natural and smooth look.
All these little details make a big difference in the resulting photo. Remember that my photos can be printed to 30x40, so you will see a bigger difference when the photos are viewed at a bigger size.

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