Photo help
Any ideas how to improve this photo (cropping, color saturation,white balance). I would like to print a copy for my office and would like to make any modifacation before sending to the photo lab..


Comments (11)

Crop to remove the blown sky at the top right..


Comment #1

Any good way to avoid the blown sky to begin with or is that just the way it is with the setting she was in?..

Comment #2

Maybe crop tight on her so you can see the bubble on the wand, for example. perhaps add a touch of contrast/saturation to give it a bit more pop (but you have to keep an eye on the skin tones with people shots). without the cropping if you do this as, say, a 4x6 then she will be fairly small in the frame and the focus will be more on the environment than on her. aggressive cropping can solve all sorts of problems...

Comment #3

You could meter for the sky and then use flash on her (without the flash she'd probably be too dark although sometimes a tone curve can help but that can also bring up the noise). in general I try to avoid shooting the sky unless it's a nice, deep blue (and sometimes this means using a ladder and shooting down). there is something called a graduated neutral density filter you can put on the lens and you can also do things with gradients and selections in photoshop to partially fix up blown skies..

If you shoot RAW, you can develop the same RAW image twice (once for her and once for the sky) and then merge those two images in photoshop..

OhioBob wrote:.

Any good way to avoid the blown sky to begin with or is that just theway it is with the setting she was in?..

Comment #4

How is this? Any other comments are very welcome..


Comment #5

Cropping to the rescue! one reason to have lots of megapixels in your camera to start from..

Have you heard about composing based on the rule of thirds or the golden rectangle? the basic idea is that for some scenes at least, having the main element off-center can be more interesting. some programs like iPhoto and lightroom have smart cropping tools that show you the guides for rule of thirds (and I think lightroom does golden rectangle as well)...

Comment #6

Bob - the second version is much better than the first. In an ideal world the photo would be perfectly composed when you took it, of course, but back on planet earth cropping like this helps a lot sometimes.It's a nice shot as it now.Best wishes.


Comment #7


I would suggest this for cropping:.

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I have done little else with it. Importing the shot into Capture NX shifted many of the settings so I pulled a few back but it was only a 376 KB file so it was not worth spending more time on it..

But my primary suggestion would be to recreate the shot if possible removing that distracting swimming pool ladder or whatever it is and shoot maybe from a slightly lower angle..

Hope that helps..

P.S. If for any reason you are not comfortable with this direct link photo just say and I will remove the link..

Chris Elliott.

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Comment #8

Replace the blown sky with stock blue/cloudy sky in PP.

I have a folder with sky photos in, some people think I am potty when I take photos of just interesting sky, but I use them to substitute poor sky in PP, go out and capture some sky there is lots of it.

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Mike Rudge..

Comment #9

With just a little PP you can add to your picture, rather than crop it to death, I removed the ladder and put in some sky, it was a rush job to give you an idea what can be done with the full MP image.

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Mike Rudge..

Comment #10

Thanks for all the suggestion.Not much in to Photoshop so cropping is about all I can do...

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