Victims of Pomp and Circumstances

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I photograph the DeVry graduation ceremonies twice a year. Photos of the graduates like this one, without bad expressions, eyes closed, etc. are a bit hard to come by. Since there aren’t any of those elements in this photo, it’s cause for further celebration.

I made basic adjustments and reduced noise in Adobe Camera Raw. In Photoshop I used the Spot Healing Brush and the Clone Stamp to remove spots and stray hairs. I used the burn tool to darken some of the highlights and brightened eyes with the dodge tool. I added a vignette to tone down the areas around the edges of the frame. I applied a curves adjustment layer.

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