I’ve more or less come to the conclusion that I really suck at editing in PSE. Part of the problem is that my image looks ever-so-slightly pixelated in PSE and the colours seem odd somehow (compared to when I view the same SOOC image using Lightroom3). I went through the same process using both software and somehow managed to completely ruin the photo in PSE. So I went away, came back and tried a second PSE edit from scratch. Well, my PSE edits are so bad that I’m not even going to show them to you. It wouldn’t be a fair comparison between the 2 software because clearly the problem is with me and possibly with some weird calibration settings that I haven’t yet figured out how to fix.
On a more positive note, I’m not going to forget to link up to Ashley’s edit post (unlike last week) because I’m making myself a reminder message: Don’t Forget To Link Up, Cynthia!!!
Anyway, here’s my SOOC and LR3 edit.
I more or less kept to Ashley’s tutorial minus the texture part because I like the texture of the wooden cabinets behind me. I kicked up the saturation of the Reds a notch, brightened my face slightly and sharpened my eyes a tad. I also thought about softening my skin tone but decided to go with a more natural look. I have age-spots all over my face and I’m down with that. To be honest, I’m not sure if I’ve improved the SOOC image … I do like the softness of the original but think I’ve captured the true colour of my scarf better on the LR3 edit. It really is that bright red!
And now for a little self-promotion. Red is also the theme for my 52-week self-portrait project. Click on the button below if you can bear to look at me again. I’ve also posted an outtake of the shoot there.