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I like it
A usual I like your portraits, so neat and well focused.
One day you'll have to explain the post processing you're doing.
Jes Consuegra at 19:15 CEST on 10-Jul-2011 [Reply]
Jes Consuegra wrote:
> A usual I like your portraits, so neat and well focused.
> One day you'll have to explain the post processing you're doing.
Thanks for the kind words. It all starts with a combination of good lighting, good makeup, and a model with good skin. From there I use this process to clean up blemishes and skin issues: http://www.joelgrimesworkshops.com/Joel_Grimes_Photography/Skin_Smoothing.html. I usually do a slight "s curve", some de-saturation, dodging and burning, and very slight shadow/highlight adjustment, bringing up the shadows just a little to give the hair more sheen. Final step is sharpening, which I usually do at the following settings - 20%, 20 pixels, and Threshold 1. That probably sounds a little weird, but it gives it some extra "pop".
Greg Mennegar at 19:27 CEST on 10-Jul-2011 [Reply]
Thanks for the clues!. I'll try to mimic your processing, the results are superb.
Jes Consuegra at 01:50 CEST on 11-Jul-2011 [Reply]
This portait, as well as all others, is impeccable. I found it interesting that you desaturate the image. I've noticed some desaturation also in portraits of other pros. Is this the key to a good portrait image?
The sharpening step should have some kind of mid-tone contrast enhancement, due to the large radius you choose - is this correct?
Alfred Molon at 21:56 CEST on 12-Jul-2011 [Reply]
Alfred Molon wrote:
> This portait, as well as all others, is impeccable. I found it interesting that you desaturate
> the image. I've noticed some desaturation also in portraits of other pros. Is this the key
> to a good portrait image?
> The sharpening step should have some kind of mid-tone contrast enhancement, due to the large
> radius you choose - is this correct?
Thanks for the kind words. I'm still learning and researching different methods of retouching beauty shots. The desaturation is pretty common. I just read some stuff yesterday about a different sharpening technique, which I may try on some other images from this batch. I do not do a mid-tone contrast enhancement with my current method.
Greg Mennegar at 00:37 CEST on 13-Jul-2011 [Reply]