Revisiting street photography

Yesterday I posted a shot of a guy in Times Square holding up an apocalyptic sign. I’ve been playing catch up with a lot of different work, and I’ve had one computer dedicated to backups and archives of old projects.

That’s where I found the shot of the man and also this one of the gazing young girl.

The girl was being photographed by the curly-haired dude in the right of the frame. Well, she’s not being photographed at that second. They’re taking a bit of a break.

I was using a 50 MM lens so I’m fairly close to her. I’m almost positive she knew I was shooting her. I loved the gaze. I loved the color of her dress.

I ran the image through a couple touchups, and I decided to post a comparison to show how even a pretty girl can benefit from minor touchups and we can all benefit from Photoshop in general. Since I never responded to Biodork on the topic from this thread, I feel it’s still an important issue to talk about.

Here’s a side by side comparison. Try to look past the color differences. That’s not what we’re covering. Click to enlarge.

The differences are primarily a smoother skin tone, brighter whites in her eyes, and reduced baggage under her eyes. 🙂

Reduced baggage. Ha.

The photo is naturally grainy, because I took it on the street and it’s night. When you look closely, there’s a natural uneven skin tone that we all have. And maybe you didn’t know or realize it was there, but side-by-side, it makes a difference.

I didn’t spend a lot of time on this image, but I thought I would point it out.




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