My friend Sarah's recent self-portrait inspired the close-ups. I used my Canon Nifty 50mm 1.8. A fabulous lens for portraits. It's also great for extreme macro closeups if you take off auto focus.
After I did my initial processing, I made virtual copies and played with some presets. I have a lot of free presets that are wonderful. Recently I purchased 4 sets from someone and currently I'm not impressed. I'll try them out on some other photos and let you know the true verdict.
I noticed that different presets really can change the mood of the photo. In the trio below I'm a little partial to the middle one because of the dramatic feel, even though it shows a lot of texture in the skin. ( maybe I forgot to smooth out this one.)
1st. The Baby 1Lp (I'm sorry I had to pay for these, I was disappointed in the set. That's what happens when you impulsively buy on sale it seems. This is the only one that worked on any of her photos.)
2nd. ST High Contrast 3 (an oldie, not sure where this from either)
3rd. redrex vintage BW (LR2version) These are some great presets at Adobe Exchange, it is old but it works fine in LR4.
For those that prefer the more 'normal' portrait style. I like the antique feel of this one.
Matt's Cutting Edge -Matt Kloslowski (with green reduced in the curves) This is also an old preset.
Every Monday is preset day on Lightroom Killer Tips, so I'll be checking out some new ones.
I also use a wonderful adjustment brush set from Pretty Presets for sparkling eyes, smoothing skin, etc.
I added a few minor touchups in Photoshop.
And one last funky shot for the artist in me. Bad Ass Film(LR3)
This may turn out to be Lightroom Week here on my blog. It looks as though I need to clean out my preset closet and get some updated ones. Just like it's hard to part with that old favorite sweater... however, I have some more resources that I itching to try out.