I'm pretty sure the professionals advise to "get it right in the camera"...but I seem to have fun finding the little hidden gems within photographs...kinda like a treasure hunt!
Here's one of my latest finds...this pretty little girl was running around at a fun Anniversary party I just shot but of course she wouldn't even slow down for a photo op. I ended up getting a profile that barely even shows her eye. I almost trashed it but at the last second I took a closer look...
I opened my original in photoshop elements 6 for mac:
Next I cropped in close on just the face and used Pioneer Woman Sharpen This action to extreme
sharpen her eyelashes, nose & mouth plus the hair around her face and the curl in the back. Here's my screenshot, the parts in white show where I sharpened with a soft brush at 100%.
Then I softened the skin and defined the lashes in Coffeeshop Baby PowderRoom.
Then I ran Pioneer Woman Black & White action. After that I decided to add a texture.
I used a texture from the new Supernatural collection...they're so great! (giveaway coming soon!!)
I erased the texture primarily off her face but kept pretty heavy on the outer edges.
Finally I ran mcp actions Touch of Light/Darkness and lightened the curls by her neck and barely darkened the corner.
Here's my final:
I love this image ~
So the next time you're going thru your photos and thinking of keeping only the "perfect" ones,
take another look. Never know what you'll find!