OK everybody. I would love to year your feedback regarding the following photos. Please assume that I only have access to Lightroom, not Photoshop. This is because (1) my Photoshop expertise is limited even though I have it. Next year I am taking the first of three and possibly the second of three Photoshop courses. Also, (2) this will make the critique relevant to users that only have Lightroom and not Photoshop.
I suspect that the following problem that I have presented is a fairly common one. This couple (friends of mine) that I was shooting are particularly challenging (for me, but I suspect easy for the experts on this forum). Both of their eyes are dark and her eyes have prominent bags under them. I shot 844 images during an afternoon from 2pm to sunset and have selected about 90 as worthwhile to give them. These particular two emphasize the above problem more than most. I intend to master the technique on these two images before I spend any time on the other 90 or so images.
I have posted a "before Lightroom" and "after Lightroom". The photos are identical and both have the following Lightroom Adjustments:
Highlights -57 Shadows +83 Whites +24 Blacks -29 Saturation +52 Red Saturation -7 Orange Saturation -33 Green Saturation +78
Both were shot on my D800 with my 85mm 1.4G lens at ISO100, f/4.0 and 1/250sec.
The next photo had the following additional adjustments:
1. Spots removed on both of their faces. 2. Her face modified with the adjustment brush with clarity -40. 3. Under her eyes adjusted twice with clarity -33 and exposure +0.41. 4. All around his eyes adjusted with exposure +0.25 and shadows +59. 5. Under his eyes further adjusted with exposure +0.25 and shadows +100.