This picture was taken with my old camera gear, but I've never captured as good a pose. How can I perfect this shot? Color? Sharpening?
Color and Selective Sharpening will help, but you can create focus and punch with the help of a Vignette.
The human eye is drawn to contrast before color, and to light areas before dark ones. Adding a vignette that darkens the edges of the frame can help to create focus and draw the viewer's eye right smack to the subject. Besides the basic Post-Crop Vignette slider, Lightroom provides us with a bunch of bitchin tools with which to build custom vignettes.
Don't get carried away though - I've seen plenty of otherwise lovely images ruined by heavy-handed vignetting. The effect should manifest at a nearly subconscious level, or it will create distraction instead of focus. Topics covered include: Custom vignettes using the graduated filter and new radial filter.
(Runtime: 7 minutes, 23 seconds)
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Thirsty for more? Here's the complete version. Starting from the beginning of the process, see a step-by-step demonstration of every technique Erin uses to finish the image, with many additional topics, tips and tricks. Topics covered include: Color Correction and Selective sharpening, cropping and adding a post-crop vignette. (Runtime: 8 minutes, 38 seconds)
Topic Time Codes
(00:56) White Balance
(01:27) Tonal Adjustments
(02:01) Clipping Previews
(02:30) Detail Panel
(02:49) Color Noise Reduction
(03:03) Luminance Noise Reduction
(03:45) Selective Sharpening
(05:20) Masking Sharpening
(06:27) Spot Removal Tool
(06:53) Spot Removal Time Lapse
(07:24) Post-Crop Vignette
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is a Adobe ACE certified digital imaging consultant specializing in customized workflows and editing strategies using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. She is an award-winning underwater photographer and video editor, and creator of GoAskErin.com, which provides one-on-one instruction, custom video tutorials, and Photoshop and Lightroom resources specifically developed for underwater shooters.