Below is the original out of Lightroom with some tweaking.
Here's another before image.
Now the final image.
As for the sharpening technique, there's the high pass filter technique, but I recently tried another. Not sure which I like better, but I like the reasoning behind the second technique. It's easy to go overboard, so follow the suggestions and add just a little bit. You don't want images to look over processed. It's a rookie mistake.
So after 3 hours of shooting in the cold, 171 images and some Photoshop later, I have 3 images that I feel represent the quality of my work. Is that normal. Yes. Were the other images bad? No. They were okay, just not outstanding. Except for the 3 that I selected. Why 3? It has to do with a combination of lighting, angle, background, composition, pose & model expression all coming together. The only way of getting all those to line up together is to shoot a lot of images and try different things.
As I first stated, that's the dirty secret in photography. All photographers do this, and if they don't they should. Only the best images should make it into your portfolio.
So now you know. You've got to take a lot of pictures to get a few outstanding shots. Is it worth it? Absolutely!
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