Another image from my Lowkey assignment portrait shoot of my sister playing her harp. This shot is not sharply focused because I had trouble in the low light getting my camera to auto focus sometimes (Mike ended up turning on the lights to let me focus, then I changed to manual focus and he turned the lights off) but this is an example where I don't think it hurts the image. There is actually a preset in the Photoshop plug-in Silver Efex with a soft focus treatment but I did not have to use it. There is also a lot of grain because the original shot was very under-exposed but again, I think it gives the photograph a more vintage feel. I increased the exposure in ACR by just under one full stop, and used a selectively applied levels adjustment layer in CS5 to get more of her face and the upper harp visible and also used one of the sepia effects in Silver Efex.
SC Christmas Digital Papers
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