This image was captured last January and was made in open shade and it depicts two family members.
What I did to achieve the end result:
- The image came from a single raw (Nikon NEF) file that I converted to DNG using Photoshop.
- Still in raw processing I created three versions, one with the original exposure settings, one 2 EV under exposed, one 2 EV over exposed.
- Using Photomatix Pro, made it a pseudo HDR image by combining and tone mapping the three raw images in to a JPG.
- Using Photoshop (in this and all subsequent steps) corrected the perspective of the vertical elements and slightly modified the horizontal perspective (the original image was made from a low angle that made the door sidelight and the column in the background appear to slant).
- Tightened the crop.
- Intensified the brightness in the model’s eyes.
- Whitened the teeth.
- Removed some facial blemishing/discoloration.
- Intensified the brightness and saturation of the blue finger nails (it was actual blue nail polish).
- Applied some sharpening to the overall image.
I am gradually developing my skills with Photoshop. I’ve been using the video tutorials at lynda.com which are quite helpful at understanding the power of Photoshop.