At first, when I saw that I Heart Faces wasn't doing Fix-it Friday this week, I was disappointed. The constructive criticism idea is cool, but they looked like they'd somehow already filled up all their "slots," even though it's still only Thursday. Then I got looking at some of the links and realized these are old ones, and they must be from the last time they did some constructive criticism, so I decided to play with this picture I took this afternoon, which I'll be using in our 2nd baby's scrapbook.
This is the SOOC. Obviously, I'll need to crop it. This was one of the first ones I did and I was still figuring out where to stand. But I just love the way that Monkey is doing a "belly picture" too!
One thing I'd absolutely love to hear about is books that help people figure out the manual settings on the camera. My programmable-automatic setting does a great job, and is pretty flexible, but I'm sure that if I could just figure out how to use the manual settings I could really have some fun. Plus, this looks just a little underexposed to me, in spite of some fill flash.
Anyway, here's what Bridge tells me is the data for my picture:
Focal length: 6.7mm (this part means nothing to me)
S(?): 1/50 (This one's not labeled, I'm guessing, since shutter speed is missing.)
Flash: compulsory mode (I knew it was going to be backlit, even with my curtain "backdrop.")
Here's what I did with it:
1. Cropped it.
2. Curves adjustment layer - first, brightened it up, then removed a little green and took out a touch of red. Flatten.
3. I haven't got a good system for removing noise, and this one had more than a little. Best thing I've got thus far is I use CoffeeShop's Baby PowderRoom action and between the "red skin repair" layer, and the "smooth skin" layer, I can usually get rid of the worst of it. But it only works on skin. I've only recently downloaded this action, so I haven't had chance to run it, step-by-step, and see if I can figure out what she's doing with it. That's on the agenda.
So, noise suggestions? Free noise suggestions? I haven't got a budget for any cool Photoshop toys right now.
Oh! I didn't realize that people might be willing to spend time playing with my photo! How very generous! Here is a larger file, if you would like: