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Old 28th July 2013
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Portrait improvement

I am not a people togger at all really but at wedding last weekend I took a couple of shots I would like to tidy up.

Here is an example of my Daughter and her partner



I intended to tidy it up later what do you suggest.
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Re: Portrait improvement

Alf in your header you said 'portrait Improvement'.

I think the absence of sunglasses on the lady might have been more appropriate.

I think what you have here is more of a family record shot,albeit a lovely image it still is.
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Re: Portrait improvement

Just to tidy this up I'd repair or clone the blemishes in the brickwork.
Crop closer - even make this a two thirds length shot - as the chaps toe is cut off.
Straighten up a bit, I think there is a slight lean to the left.
Blur and lighten the background.
Increase vibrancy and contrast a tad.
Then I'd make a mono version too.
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Re: Portrait improvement

Alf I think you should approach the initial task of taking the photograph as if it were one of your excellent landscapes. A winding river, clouds rolling down from the hilltops.
To start with this image seems on a different planet to what I've seen you produce so I have no advice to improve it, everyone else can do that.
They need to be in a better place, better pose, better props, better light. They are your human-shaped hills and rivers.
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Re: Portrait improvement

Alf - it is a record shot, and the sunglasses do nothing for the pretty lady in her gorgeous dress.
I don't know if it can be done, because I am not into frames, but I would clone out the piece of whatever-it-is on the pavement, get rid of the white bits on the bricks, and crop the photo with an oval frame to the top of their heads and to his foot. I think then his foot may be less noticeable. And the crack in the pavement at the bottom has to go too!
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Re: Portrait improvement

Slight clockwise rotation, crop to the bottom of your daughters dress to leave the pattern intact then crop the sides evenly.
You might want to lighten the background a little, use the eraser tool on the cement between the bricks, you will need to experiment to get it right, but it can be very effective.
Hope this helps, Alf
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Re: Portrait improvement

How about this then

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Re: Portrait improvement

Alf, looks like a cut out
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Re: Portrait improvement

Oh if you're gonna do THAT you need to talk to Oly Paul!

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Re: Portrait improvement

Not too keen on the edit, on the original I'd get rid of all the white distracting bits in the brickwork then blur the background. Extend the pavement to include the missing front of shoe, add front of shoe, get rid of cracks etc on pavement and a general tidy up. Try and re-light the scene to lift the couple away from the background and adjust the way the tie is hanging.

A lot of work I know but if that is the only shot of the couple then it might be worth it.

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Re: Portrait improvement

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I am not a people togger at all really but at wedding last weekend I took a couple of shots I would like to tidy up.

Here is an example of my Daughter and her partner



I intended to tidy it up later what do you suggest.
As requested Alf


I prefer the crop myself.


Raw converted in CO7 then in Elements distractions lost using spot brush set to content aware then used a graduate surface blur on the pavement to give a dof fall of then gaussian blur on the wall all using masks. Total time about a hour.

My preference was to keep the wall and moderate blurring , replacing the background or over blurring it would just not look right.
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Re: Portrait improvement

Thanks very much Paul I appreciate the effort made mate and I like that.
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Re: Portrait improvement

No problem, have sent you the full res file.
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