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 —
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?