I like them all!! Look how far you have come!!
The first one has a little too much red in his skin tone.
I haven't used Elements in so long... does it have color balance?
just tone down the red. You can select just his face and tone down that part without effecting the rest.
I had to go searching for this... Check this out and try it on your images. I have started using it on a bunch of my portraits. http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/ ... p-by-step/
Totally agree with Kimi! Cute models and pertinent editing.
To answer kimi's question about PSE6, there are many ways (too many?) to adjust color balance. Remove color cast, adjust color for skin tone, color variations... and my preferred, ACR, which also works with jpegs.
I recently read a post on another forum about this color balance question, which is important for portraits in the shade. The poster wondered if the availability of WB correction tools in digital processing was not going to change the perception and taste of the public: the natural warm tint of golden hours and tungsten light which was sought in the film days would be considered totally incorrect now. He may be right. People tend to forget that our perception of colour depends not only on the subject, but on the light striking it. They ignore that our perceptual system compensates partly to those changes in color temperature... and that process is influenced by cultural influences. Correcting too much equals to showing what the subject would have looked like, had it been shot under 'standard daylight'. Normal for a pro photographer shooting items for a catalog... Is that what you want? Another poster stressed that in Asian countries they liked more the warm tones and there has been such a fuss about Canon's 'false' WB in tungsten lighting!