I've been struggling with editing this photo and trying all the different combos and tutorials I can find, but for every problem I fix, it makes a different aspect of the photo worse. I can't figure out how to make my subject pop without overexposing the highlights. Also, I'd like to fix the coloration to have have a more light and airy feel. I've made some progress, but I'm not happy with any of the results, so I was wondering if anyone could give me suggestions based on this raw image.
This is the best I've been able to come up with, but as you can see, it's still no good.
Wish there was an option to delete messages in this forum, but there isn't. Please disregard.
Also, I know this is a pretty terrible photo so I apologize. I was just testing out some settings on my way between locations during a couple's shoot, but my client fell in love with the photo so I was trying to fix it up for her as well as I can.
Some "quick" suggestions-
In the Color Mixer (HSL) panel-
Reduce some saturation and luminance of the background.
With the Brush Tool-
Brighten up the face and clothes-
Crop as desired-
A difficult task, for sure. This is the best I was able to achieve. I know, not very good.
That looks better than what I've been able to manage! What settings did you use?
I used the radial filter around her face and upper body. Increased exposure and shadows, reduced saturation just a bit. Then I switched to a small erasing brush in the radial filter to erase around her face and body. On the overall image I reduced yellow saturation just a little bit and added a slight vignette. Sorry I can't give you the numbers because I didn't keep the image. It's gone already. Probably could've done a lot better with the raw image.