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From now until Sunday or Monday I'll be busy with our school's fete.  I'll still be online, but not as frequently as usual.  Thanks for your patience.

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  2. @oliveoh, please do this for me: https://www.damiensymonds.net/thread1.html
  3. Yesterday
  4. No worries! Thanks! (Note to self, no more thin stripes!)
  5. I realise it's not perfect, but it's the best I can offer, I'm afraid.
  6. Sorry - busy end of school year time! This is with the gaussian blur
  7. Last week
  8. @fstoplife, how did you go? Have you managed to find out what light setup she uses?
  9. You'd go for the 5000, I figure. But yeah, the brightness is really important too.
  10. I went to Lowe's and could only find bulbs that were 5000k or 3000k. Would would you choose? Should I just worry about the lumens? I'm going to have trouble getting enough brightness no matter what because of my little ceiling fan fixture. I'll have to add some lamps to the room.
  11. It's time to take a refresher on the Raw Class. It's been a LONG time since you took it, and a LOT has changed. https://ask.damiensymonds.net/topic/8494-raw-signup-1/
  12. OH! Also, I figured out why my Spyder display would not go onto the screen I wanted it to go onto. It had something to do with selecting the screen for calibration purposes from a menu. Something about the menu would only display on the monitor selected. I think I got it. I think I've successfully calibrated both! Thanks for holding my hand through it!!
  13. OH! Also, I figured out why my Spyder display would not go onto the screen I wanted it to go onto. It had something to do with selecting the screen for calibration purposes from a menu. I don't really know what I'm doing... THere's one step, right after selecting "desktop" where I can choose which monitor I'm calibrating. And there's 2 choices, both named (almost) the same name. I don't know how to delete the one that I"m not using and I can't figure out how to rename it. ugh. oh well.
  14. OK, just want to double-check. When I'm looking at my prints and comparing them to the image files I see on screen, what program should I be using to look at them? Photoshop? Something else? NEVERMIND, I found where you said to use PS or elements or Firefox (don't know how to delete this question. )
  15. OK I'm going to tackle this problem again today. Going to switch the screens so that the external monitor will be the main, then I will calibrate, then switch back, and calibrate the laptop monitor.
  16. Earlier
  17. That's right. Again, her light is smaller, higher and brighter than yours.
  18. I thought this looked like she was using an umbrella too, the catchlights aren’t that big here. https://www.facebook.com/paulinaduczmanphotography/photos/a.802067136571350/2072024286242289?type=3&sfns=mo
  19. I need you to take a look at the catchlights in her photos. See how they're smaller, brighter and higher than yours? She has specifically shot for this style. Whereas you have taken a lovely but "regular" photo.
  20. Does this work? It took so many steps to get there. I wish there was an easier way to dodge and burn. I feel like it's still missing something
  21. What I'll add to what damien has already done to achieve that look is add a heavier dose of dodge and burn. The only other 3 things I'd change are: 1. Cut out the subject and add a textured background. (Of just insert it and mask it in) 2. On that background I would add a pretty strong vignette 3. Darken the subject a little and add a little more "matte" effect. my 2 cents.
  22. Not at all! Did you do a blur? I feel like that's throwing me off, I almost think she does a clarity or high pass layer, but I can't figure out what else she does! I know it's some Dodge and Burn too
  23. My understanding is that eyes are usually enlarged slightly during this kind of editing; so I hope you don't mind that I did that, and a little bit of facial sculpting. What do you think of this?
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