. . . by two of my beloved. Can't say I blame them.
Any CC on the processing? f/4.0 ~ 1/40; ISO 400; manual, raw, hand-held, using SB800 flash in TTL BL mode, custom white balance; 28-75mm @ 31 mm.
I opened it in ACR, increased "black" slightly, increased "fill light", decreased contrast to 0, increased clarity to 2, vibrance to 35, and then detail 40, masking 40, noise reduction color 25 and luminance 28.
Then in Photoshop (CS3), I spot healed, and then I color balanced by using image>adjust> levels>blue channel--.90 input; Image>adjust>hue/saturation-red channel, saturation -7; I adjusted curves to brighten and increase contrast; adjustment layer increased saturation +10; adjustment layer contrast +10; curves increased midtones and used luminosity mode on the layer; used an eye action; smoothed skin with a gaussian blur; used burn tool on hair (Dianna's) and lips; used a sharpening action; sized and saved for web.
No way would I do this on every photo, but am just trying to learn strategies that would give good skin tones at this point. (and learn my flash!) Any thoughts on all this? Especially, does the skin look too red? I wonder if I should reduce the red channel further? What is your usual processing approach?