Photographer

-Ira

Posts: 2187

New York, New York, US

Let me know what you think.  I am not real crazy about the fact that her face is so much lighter than her body. 

http://iramonko.com/Sarah/edits/IMG_8112-Edit-web-color.jpg

Aug 13 12 12:55 pm Link

Photographer

Gulag

Posts: 1250

Duluth, Georgia, US

-Ira wrote:
Let me know what you think.  I am not real crazy about the fact that her face is so much lighter than her body.

I thought this is the retouching forum.

Aug 13 12 12:59 pm Link

Photographer

Rudi Brooker

Posts: 404

Manchester, England, United Kingdom

*deleted*

Sorry, thought I was reading a post in critique.

Aug 13 12 12:59 pm Link

Photographer

-Ira

Posts: 2187

New York, New York, US

mshi wrote:

I thought this is the retouching forum.

You're correct.  Meant to post here, http://www.modelmayhem.com/t.php?forum_id=77

Perhaps a mod can move it for me.

In the meantime...does anyone have suggestions on how I can balance the skin color between face and body in post?

Aug 13 12 01:02 pm Link

Photographer

KMP

Posts: 4822

Houston, Texas, US

-Ira wrote:

You're correct.  Meant to post here, http://www.modelmayhem.com/t.php?forum_id=77

Perhaps a mod can move it for me.

In the meantime...does anyone have suggestions on how I can balance the skin color between face and body in post?

I do a couple of things that people here would probably scorn but work well for me.... LOL

However, as a corporate shot,
It doesn't seem that corporate except for her clothing..

Aug 13 12 01:07 pm Link

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Looknsee Photography

Posts: 21648

Portland, Oregon, US

Corporate headshots tend to occupy a tiny part of a page.  Therefore, you can solve all your problems by cropping closer to her face.

Aug 13 12 01:15 pm Link

Retoucher

MP_DigitalStudio1

Posts: 1041

San Francisco, California, US

Out here in the SF Bay Area.... I've taken and retouched some corporate headshots like this. Looks like face, forehead and hair is blown out from light. Need color match skin to boot...

just my .02 cents....

Aug 13 12 01:15 pm Link

Photographer

-Ira

Posts: 2187

New York, New York, US

MP_Retouch1 wrote:
Need color match skin to boot...

Thanks.  Do you have a suggestion on how to do that?  Or perhaps know of a tutorial online.

Aug 13 12 01:19 pm Link

Photographer

Dean Johnson Photo

Posts: 58024

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

I'll move this to DAR Critiques for ya

Aug 13 12 01:23 pm Link

Photographer

-Ira

Posts: 2187

New York, New York, US

Dean Soapbox Killer Photo wrote:
I'll move this to DAR Critiques for ya

Gracias.

Aug 13 12 01:24 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

-Ira wrote:
In the meantime...does anyone have suggestions on how I can balance the skin color between face and body in post?

I would use two selective color adjustment layers.

In the first, in the reds, decrease black levels to lighten the tan. Black mask, then paint that effect in on the darker skin areas from the neck down.

In the second, in the reds and perhaps also the yellows, increase black levels to darken skin. Black mask, paint that in on the face. (Obviously you can adjust each of these layers to make the skin as dark or as light as you want it.)

Also, there's a white area above her eyes that needs extra attention. The technique described here might do for that.

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af171/retouch46/Forums/arc.gif


http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af171/retouch46/Forums/headshot3.gif

Aug 13 12 01:31 pm Link

Photographer

KMP

Posts: 4822

Houston, Texas, US

Looknsee Photography wrote:
Corporate headshots tend to occupy a tiny part of a page.  Therefore, you can solve all your problems by cropping closer to her face.

I think the face is still too bright.  The close crops are usually for website and networking sites such as LinkedIn.   

With the shots being as small as they are on LI, the face would only look whiter with less detail.  It's best to fix it before they deliver it.

Aug 13 12 01:33 pm Link

Photographer

Leighthenubian

Posts: 2964

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Not really a corporate style crop...that would help eliminate much of the contrast difference. This style is more a social media portrait crop.

You could do a mask for the brighter areas and bring the exposure down a bit. For the near-blown spots, you could use a gradient layer to even out the tone/color.

If any of that is way over your head, do a casting call and get a pro to help you out..maybe in trade.

Aug 13 12 01:50 pm Link

Photographer

-Ira

Posts: 2187

New York, New York, US

Thank you everyone for the feedback.

FYI - This photo is intended for social media purposes (linkedin, facebook, etc...).

Aug 13 12 05:07 pm Link

Photographer

-Ira

Posts: 2187

New York, New York, US

Peano wrote:
I would use two selective color adjustment layers.

In the first, in the reds, decrease black levels to lighten the tan. Black mask, then paint that effect in on the darker skin areas from the neck down.

In the second, in the reds and perhaps also the yellows, increase black levels to darken skin. Black mask, paint that in on the face. (Obviously you can adjust each of these layers to make the skin as dark or as light as you want it.)

Also, there's a white area above her eyes that needs extra attention. The technique described here might do for that.

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af171/retouch46/Forums/arc.gif


http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af171/retouch46/Forums/headshot3.gif

Thanks for the detailed instruction and examples.  I will certainly give this a go.

Aug 13 12 05:08 pm Link