however, i have my 2nd Make It Fabulous post ready to share with you today...and hopefully some of what i share will help you out!
this image was shot in my tiny little apartment, using the light from the window, and a black blanket as a backdrop...
I used a 50mm prime lens, at f1.4, 1/80 and ISO 800 (it was actually quite dark b/c it was late afternoon, that is why i used a higher ISO)
After opening the image in Camera Raw, this is what I adjusted:
Bump up contrast to +40
Bump up clarity to +15
Bump up vibrance to +5
Adjust curves to “Strong contrast”
Then, open in Photoshop.
To get rid of that bluish spot at the top, I Used the Clone Stamp Tool at 100% opacity and sampled a spot that was completely black (alt + click on the area you want to sample)
and then I brush over the bluish spot and turn it black.
Just crop it – I personally like how it looks cropped better anyway.
There was just too much black at top and bottom before.
I already knew I wanted this in black and white, so I then I go to Image>Adustments>Black and White. Then I adjust the reds to 10% and yellows to 75% -- this darkens the reds a bit and lightens the yellows, making his skintone more even and less splotchy in black and white.
TRA Boring Sepia at 25%
Flatten, sharpen and save!