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01 April 2011 @ 09:57 pm
screwing around  

I was just screwing around with one of those professional modify your photograph to improve skintones and things programs.


I did one of me, too, but the shot of Deirdre was a much better one to begin with.


It’s got a thing against eyebrows, apparently. But I’d always kind of wanted to try that with the photo of Deirdre, anyway, because it’s a good one to start with.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
tamagotamago on April 1st, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Interesting. It seems to add more gloss to lips and shine to eyes, but I'm not sure if that's just because it mattes out the skin tone and leaves the lips and eyes alone so the contrast is greater.
Alix (Tersa): Dr Who - Ten Bond (bibliophile1887)tersa on April 1st, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
I really like the one of Deirdre, but I gotta admit, it smooths your skin out so much, it makes you look like one of those scary Doctor Who evil robot mannequin things. :)
Geek of Weird Shit: weldinggows on April 1st, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
*nod* My thoughts exactly.
kit: drwho_donnamizkit on April 2nd, 2011 07:32 am (UTC)
Damn! My secret is out! *eats your brains*
Megabitchmegabitch on April 1st, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
I think the one of Deirdre works better because she's not smiling. So there's no risk of removing so many lines that the smile looks too fake. You don't have to work out quite so hard whereabouts you need to draw the line on lines (no pun intended). If you look at the after photo of you, the smile doesn't look as genuine as in the before picture because there's no impact on your eyes with all of the "laughter lines" removed. Added to the fact that when a person smiles properly their eyes narrow slightly, by removing those lines it means that the eyes look narrower than they should. All that said, it is amazing how much one's appearance can be changed simply by evening out skin-tone and adding a couple of highlights, isn't it?

I have some... er... dunno what they're called in the UK, in .au (and the US, I believe) they'd be called "glamour shots" but I understand that the term means something entirely different in the UK... anyway, full day photo shoots with professional make-up artist, hairdresser etc to make me look good - one set when I was mid-20s and pregnant with my eldest and the most recent when I'd been not long separated from my kids' father and needed the ego boost. I have a shot from each session hanging somewhere in my home to remind me that I can actually "scrub up good" when I'm feeling particularly grotty. What I meant to say by this was that I have an awful lot of respect for the photographers and teams involved with the shoots as this was all pre-photoshop days so no computerised post-processing available - perhaps a little bit of tinkering with the negatives, but that's all - of course, I needed a full hour in the shower to removed the heavy, heavy pancake makeup that went as far down as my upper arms and the top of my boobs to do the skin tone evening out job that way.
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on April 1st, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
it definitely brings out your eye color (both of you). Makes me want to try it on my author photos!
Xixpioti on April 2nd, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
It looks like it mostly did a blur on your respective faces, with the ... ugh, can't remember, but the setting that choose how wide a spectrum to affect. Whatever that's called, it was set too high. I do something like this manually to photographs of my children, except in my case I do it to blur the background and emphasize the children.

*snooty sniff* You could do better with Photoshop (or whatever graphics program you prefer). ;)
Xixpioti on April 2nd, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
And I just have to say, your sister has gorgeous eyes. I love the color!