Okaaaaaay, since you asked. We were outside coloring, and Livia refused to look up at me. (Imagine!) I was doing all my usual tricks and nothing was working. So I picked up a roll of scotch tape and bonked myself on the head with it, while holding my heavy HEAVY camera in one hand. I was like "oops! Mommy got an owie!" And voila! This is what I got:
I know a lot of photographers pursposely overexpose images SOOC. If you're shooting in AV or TV mode, you just need to adjust your exposure compensation to +1/3, +2/3 or whatever. I rarely do this, for two reasons: once you blow out your highlights, there is no recovering them in Photoshop. Also, on a couple occasions I did overexpose out of the camera, and ended up with many overexposed images that were unusable. You can always bring up your midtones, but you can't recover lost detail in your highlights.
Here's my clean edit:
Aly's basic boost
soft light blending mode
MCP's touch of light
PW's cooler action
same steps as above, plus Totally Rad Action's lux hard
same steps as my clean edit plus Sugar Cookies, and I cooled it down a bit for more of a pink tone...since I already did a peach and a yellow tone
Now that I have uploaded my edits, the 2nd and 3rd edits seem a little more overexposed than I usually do, but I don't have time to re-do them. And maybe it makes her look angelic (or something). Am I grasping at straws?
Do you have a favorite edit? I'm realizing my variations are quite similar, more so than I had planned on. I'm also realizing after seeing Chelsey's edit and a couple of the other entries (complete with tutorials), that my edit screams "beginner!" Oh well, I am a beginner! :-)
Remember, touch-up Tuesday is over at Paper ♥ Camera from now on, and I hope to see you there! :-) Happy Tuesday!