Digital Photography Master Class -Assignment: Basic Image Enhancement

I spent last weekend visiting family and celebrating my Mother’s 78th birthday. We had a great time 7 of her 8 children made it to her party, #1 couldn’t be there. There were also lots of grand-kids, great-grand-kids, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, some of the nursing home staff even stopped by. I think she enjoyed spending time with her older sister the most.

There was lots of food, games, movies, music, singing, and of corse lots of picture taking.

I think Mom had a good time.

I got a shot of Mom that I thought was going to be great. But once transferred to the computer I could see it was less then perfect. It should have been a great shot, I had the nifty-fifty on the camera and it was a fairly well lit room, but somehow I managed to mess it up. The focus was off the background busy and distracting and her face was a bit under exposed.

So I decided to use that photo for my next assignment choice. I’m working on assignments from Tom Ang’s Digital Photography Master Class and I thought this shot was a good one for the “Basic Image Enhancement” assignment.

The assignment is to: “start with a photograph that looks promising but is flawed in some way…use basic enhancement tools to make it ‘perfect’…”

Here’s the shot SOOC —


And here’s the shot after a little enhancement in PSE5 —

78th Birthday

And here’s what I did: a little crop, blurred and desaturated the background, a bit of sharpening on her face, some doge and burn, and added a little vignetting to help empasize the birthday girl and take some attention away from the busy background.

So, did it help? Is the photo any better?

1st post on Tom Ang’s Digital Photography Master Class

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