Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Portraits with the Velvet 56

My shots of my grand daughter using the Lensbaby Velvet 56
I honestly don't remember the aperture setting, but I'm guessing it may have been 4 judging how hard a time I had getting both eyes in focus.

Other that a little exposure boost of .75 and a little eye brightening, the only thing I did to this one is remove nose boogies. AND I did change the camera calibration to camera portrait (in Lightroom). I just heard that tip this weekend and what a difference!

Being a photographer you'd think the first thing I'd do when I got her home from daycare would be to clean her face!
I used to loath using the clone/heal brush in Lightroom but with some practice you can make it work on the worst of the worst. 
Here is a close up of the before and after with all the adjustments dots I used.
(For all the other shots I used Photoshop healing brush and clone stamp tools.)

Then my own adjustments to create the monochrome below.

Pretty Pastels Raw LR4: Alabaster 

Original slightly tweaked and cleaned up.

Pretty Pastels Raw LR4: Pink Skies

Pretty Pastels Raw LR4: Matt B&W

I decided to try a couple of Kim Klassen's presets on these.


And one more…
I really was surprised I got as many as I did having to manually focus with this lens.

'They' say if it doesn't add to the photo, crop it out. Maybe that would be the case here. I thought the hair on the right was a bit distracting so I really do like this square crop.
I just love this sweet girl!
You can see my floral edit using this lens here.

It's Texture Tuesday at Kim's where there's a lot of editing with Lightroom presets. Go check out the loveliness there.
Kim Klassen dot com

I'm also joining Lisa at Life Thru the Lens.


  1. She is such a sweetheart ! I love every single one of your photos Roxi !

  2. She has the most gorgeous eyes and lips. Glad you were able to eliminate the nose boogies!! LOL

  3. Oh, Roxi! These are just beautiful! She's a sweetie and I know you have so much fun with her. Cool hint on the portrait calibration. I had no idea!

  4. oh my goodness roxi she is the sweetest thing...those eyes and that wispy blond hair! you captured them all so beautifully and i love seeing the different presets in action.

  5. So very sweet, each and every one! You are good with the focus, I am too slow to manually focus on a moving subject. :) Thank you for the Lightroom tip, I will have to remember that one.

  6. Thanks for the tip on calibration for portrait, now hopefully I remember that :)

  7. Beautiful serirs . . . she is adorable.

  8. Beautiful girlie! I have to do similar edits frequently on photos of my grand babies!

  9. Your edits are so skillful. I'm a novice with photo editing software and find it intimidating!
    Hope you'll drop by http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/04/french-corner-bakery.html to share.

  10. I like that you shared the process! OK so what is your tip for getting both eyes in focus?

  11. Man, I am really partial to the black and white. The fact that you captured her blues eyes so well in there.. LOVE!


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