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ROG  . HOWARD
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/4/2008
 

Sharp eyes


I have seen that on a lot of the photos here that the eyes are very very crisp and bright colors. These look to be photo shoped as they don"t look so natural to me. Is this a post editing or is it done with lighting during the shot? I love the look, but wanted to know how this is done.

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4/8/2008 9:03:33 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  The best way to answer this is by knowing what images you are looking at.

Thank you,
Debby


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4/8/2008 9:11:58 AM

 
ROG  . HOWARD
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/4/2008
  http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?cat=&photoID=5926693
Michelle Flick
How about this one as it is a nice shot?

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4/8/2008 9:26:10 AM

 
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I agree with you there, ROG. That lad's eyes look a tad overdone.

That's the problem with 'dressing up': knowing when you're going over the top.

The eyes, however, ARE the most important part of a portrait, and it can benefit greatly from appropriate editing.


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4/8/2008 9:57:03 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  It's a Nice portrait, the eyes are beautiful.
I do have a friend who has Crystal flecks that after many years of knowing her I STILL can help staring at her eyes,lol. Most would think she has contacts or something they look like they have to be fake,but I know for fact she is just blessed.

I really don't like dressing up full eyes, I did it first here,because my sons eyes looked dull in the recolorization of the black & White.
I color matched and did only a slight step up in a brighter color.
but it took some real time.

here is my example:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/big.asp?photoID=1541803&catID=&style=&rowNumber=129&memberID=84353


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4/8/2008 10:20:31 AM

 
ROG  . HOWARD
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/4/2008
  Don't get me wrong this is a awesome pic and I like the effect. I like more real life and do love the cool things people do with the pics, but the true picture is most important to me.

Debbie I love the look you used more real!


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4/8/2008 10:43:28 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  The highlights are what you get when you have direct sun bouncing back into an overhang/tunnel. But that is a photoshopped picture.
An 8 year old doesn't need the amount of brushing done as if he were a aging fashion model. It does look funny.


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4/8/2008 11:12:55 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Thank you very much.
I zoom in very very close,just worked with the eye.
I brought the color version of this pose and had them side by side as I worked, then Chose 3 very close colors (but slightly brighter)and used a very small slant and diamond brush and then tried to follow the color pattern his eye had in the original color version of this shot.

**now "Miss Blue Eyes" in my Gallery is totally untouched, just a frame was added for display, This was a film shot for a Magizine of the Basset Baby Furniture Model.

I hope this helps,

Debby Tabb


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4/8/2008 11:50:06 AM

 
Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  I think every photographer uses a different technique and you'd be best to ask the photographer whose pic you are wondering about.


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4/10/2008 3:58:13 AM

 
Michael A. Bielat
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/23/2007
  I personally make a duplicate layer in photoshop. Add some USM (unsharp mask) to the top layer to my liking.

I try to always do that sharpening at 100% view so I know what I am getting into. Over sharpening can be a killer to an otherwise good image.

Anyways, from there I use the lasso tool, set the feathering to some number like 70px for an full sized file and then circle both eyes with some room around them for the feathering to kick in.

I then take the Inverse of my selection (everything BUT the eyes now) and then delete everything else but the eyes. So I have an eyes layer and then an everything layer under it.

From here, simply adjust the fill or opacity to your liking and you got it.


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4/17/2008 11:10:10 AM

 
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