What to do with soft focus.

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What do you do when you have a shot that you really love but the focus is soft, or off altogether?

I recently did an impromptu shoot with friends and I captured this shot of the cutest little guy.  I love his energy and focus on the ball what I don’t love about the shot is the soft focus on the action point on the shot.  And the lighting and hard shadows on his face is a little distracting too.  But the energy made me want to perform a “save” on this shot.
CassJustCurious 2009-05-16

 I spent an hour playing around with the shot to see how I can change it in photoshop to reclaim it as a shot to love.  Here’s what I did:

  1. Made the image monochrome in a charcoal color
  2. Added a vignette (I know, I know it can be over-played) to take away some distraction from the shot.
  3. Increased the exposure and lowered the Black Point so the shot took on a dramatic effect.

Lexi's new friend Dylan

What do you do with shots that have a soft focus but you happen to love?  Do you file them in that digital trash can?  Or do you try to save it?  Do you think this shot was worth the save?

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