Student Gallery - Lesson 3 - Using Brushes • Contrast
Instructor Feedback: Lindsay, your focal point in this image is cut off. Most of the time that's something you want to avoid doing. Most of the rest of the photo is out of focus, which exacerbates the problem in this image. If the background were in focus, too, it wouldn't be as much a problem.
Instructor Feedback: Austin, when it comes to contrasting something - like color vs black & white - remember Robin's statement in the chapter about contrast: "Don't be a WIMP!" Make it pop!
Braxton, in Photoshop's Filter Menu - Sharpen, there is a shake reduction tool that will bring things more into focus. I've used that here, and you can see it's much sharper. The red slide was reflecting a lot of red into her face and arms. I used a selective color adjustment layer to pull some of that red out, and bring her skin tones back to normal.
Beth, this is a creative image. I think the balance is a little off - like she's sliding out the bottom-right of the image. You can fix that through cropping in.
Beth, in the Photoshop adjustments window, there is one called gradient map. I used one to bring up the contrast. You'll have fun playing around with that, I think.