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Hocus Focus Studio

Posts: 33

Antioch, Tennessee, US

I was supposed to go out tonight and have fun, but my fiance fell asleep and totally dipped on our plans, so I got bored and figured I'd photoshop something.  I just added two images to my port on here, I'm just curious if they look good.  I mainly focused on the skin, that's what I've been fine-tuning lately.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/13 … 6f179b.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/13 … db916e.jpg

Thanks!

Edit:  I got these photos from digitalphotoshopretouching.com for free use.

Jun 15 13 11:43 pm Link

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J O H N A L L A N

Posts: 10890

San Pedro, California, US

At least on the 1st one the skin looks overly smoothed.
The 2nd one probably is too, but the high-key nature of it, makes it work.

Jun 15 13 11:55 pm Link

Photographer

Hocus Focus Studio

Posts: 33

Antioch, Tennessee, US

J O H N  A L L A N wrote:
At least on the 1st one the skin looks overly smoothed.
The 2nd one probably is too, but the high-key nature of it, makes it work.

I thought so, too.  The 2nd one I meant to over-do it a little, but that first one was a pain.  I couldn't find the sweet spot.  How do you know when you've gone too far?

Jun 15 13 11:59 pm Link

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Brick Wilson

Posts: 372

Palatine, Illinois, US

Audrey Leigh Photo wrote:

I thought so, too.  The 2nd one I meant to over-do it a little, but that first one was a pain.  I couldn't find the sweet spot.  How do you know when you've gone too far?

Adding just a little noise the skin would help that.

The main thing I notice on the first image is that saturated pink band of skin around the cheek area. If that was toned down, it would improve the image.

Jun 25 13 08:45 pm Link