Jun 12, 2010


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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