Processing this file was actually pretty simple since the shot turned out okay right out of the camera. All I did was:
- Run Noiseware on a new layer using the Default settings to remove any noise.
- Run Portraiture to add skin softening with most defaults accepted (did samples to get the skin tone insolated).
- In Photoshop I created a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and moved the saturation of the yellow channel to –15 and boosted the lightness of the master channel to 7.
- I did some dodging and burning on the eyes then I did high pass filter on layer with the blending mode set to overlay to bring more detail back for her eyes. The technique for this and step 3 are discussed in The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers.
- I did a LAB color and Shadows & Highlights layer as discuss in the 7 Point System by Scott Kelby.
- I did a Tonal Contrast filter on just the dress using Color Efex to bring out the blue flowers a little better.
- I performed my final sharpening using Sharpener Pro.
- In Lightroom I added a post-crop vignette as discussed in Lightroom 3 for Digital Photographers and I exported the file as a 8-bit sRGB jpeg.
- I added the logo watermark to the jpeg.
Total time spent working on this photo was about 90 minutes with a majority of the time spent on steps 4 – 6.
It looks great with wonderful skin tones in print and on a wide color gamut display like the NEC PA Series, but it gets a little drab on more typical displays and in web browsers.
What I love about this photo is the color and the background.
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