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general color enhancement/sharpening (with example pics)

Jan 23, 2012, 00:21 (This post was last modified: Jan 23, 2012 02:26 by anonn.)
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general color enhancement/sharpening (with example pics)
i was curious as to which sharpening/color correction techniques this photographer used to result in such a perfect photo. more specifically, i'd love to learn how he managed to make the blue halter strap almost shimmer and pop out of the image and his face a beautiful, warm and rich coffee color.

i attempted to recreate his enhanced image with the original, but fell slightly short in a few areas. i did eventually manage to get a similar look by simply adjusting input levels and sharpness, but had the toughest time making his head and all the fine details on it really "pop" AND "glow".

i basically increased the black input levels a bit to saturate and bring life to the image, but that resulted in the face and halter also darkening.

thanks so much in advance.

links of his before/after.

before:
http://s176170444.online.de/fileserver/ooc/addy.jpg
after:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/henning-wit...otostream/
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Jan 23, 2012, 19:32
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RE: general color enhancement/sharpening (with example pics)
i appreciate your fast response. i definitely need to do some more research on RAW files before i get into the more complicated adjustments. i'll get back to you once i figure some of this stuff out.
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Jan 23, 2012, 21:17
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RE: general color enhancement/sharpening (with example pics)
would you recommend buying a program like Lightroom 3 or Aperture for all the necessary color adjustments with the RAW file and then using GIMP to adjust the sharpness? thx.
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