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The Pirate Ships & some important tips!

This portrait has all the right elements: Bounced flash that shows the background, double processed and merged for highlights & shadow detail, no areas lacking detail, and uses the artists rule of thirds in the composition making a very pleasant picture!

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This picture of Jennifer playing with a pirate ship was double processed for both the highlights & the shadows.  You can learn to do this in the photography for beginners course offered on my website. Although the flash was bounced (notice that you can see the background detail) this picture has not been double processed and you can see the difference from the previous picture by looking at the washed out shirt on Jennifer and the table in the front. Josiah is enjoying the pirate ships too!  This picture was double processed for the highlights and the shadows and the the two were merged for this result.  This is very easy to do, and you should not be afraid of learning it. Here's the JPEG image that resulted after processing. Even though most over exposed areas have been corrected, you can still see a small area on Josiah's neck.  That's why using exposure compensation on your camera and/or external flash are so important. Here is another JPEG image extracted on my computer from the RAW image.  If I did not have the RAW image to process from, I would not be able to do much of anything about all of the over exposed areas. The RAW image was double processed. See next picture. Again, another picture that is quite overexposed due to not paying attention to the histogram and making the exposure compensation corrections.  See next picture. . . Here is the picture double processed on my computer in Photoshop. Because the RAW image had the information, you can now see more detail in Josiah's hand, but the detail in the area on his neck is totally lost. In this double processed and merged picture you can still see the area on Josiah's neck that has no detail.  The correction for this is to retake the picture and decrease the flash exposure compensation until there are no blinking spots on your display. Here we go again. Another over exposed picture that needs serious correction. If this picture was just a JPEG image, you would have a lot of trouble getting the exposure right.  See next picture. . . This is the last picture corrected the usual way in Photoshop. You can easily learn to do this by taking the photography for beginners course offered on my website. This is another example of bounced flash, double processed & merged pictures, and a correction still needed for highlight detail.  Can you pick out where the correction is still needed?  Do you know what to do? See the difference here from the last picture. Lacking double processing, see the absence of rich color in the highlights. Also, Jennifer was growing out her bangs to become a "big" girl and this awkward time can take away from the perfect portrait. This portrait has all the right elements: Bounced flash that shows the background, double processed and merged for highlights & shadow detail, no areas lacking detail, and uses the artists rule of thirds in the composition making a very pleasant picture! Like the previous pictures, this one has been processed from the RAW and is all ready to be sent out and put on a beautiful picture on canvas to hang in your home to enjoy!!!  Minus the watermark, of course!  Just go to Pictures on Canvas on my site!

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