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DavidCoward Photography

Posts: 629

Sandy Springs, Georgia, US

Below are two samples of the same photo. The only difference is, in the second one I applied some skin softening via Nik Color Efex.

I'm not looking for an overall critique on my post-processing (or photography) skills, as I know I still have a LOT to learn in both cases. But I'm trying to avoid over-plasticizing the skin and worry that this may be too much.

What do you think? Which one is better?

Without skin softening:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130403/06/515c332823397.jpg

With skin softening:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130409/15/516495c7c0c07.jpg

Apr 09 13 03:38 pm Link

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hs photography

Posts: 468

Houston, Texas, US

#1.

Apr 09 13 03:45 pm Link

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Project4145

Posts: 338

Phoenix, Arizona, US

I prefer the one without the softening.

Apr 09 13 03:52 pm Link

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MichaelClements

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Apr 09 13 03:53 pm Link

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Mike Needham Retouching

Posts: 369

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

I would spend more time with d&b to address the patchy areas in the body, the face doesn't seem to need too much work.

Apr 10 13 11:01 am Link

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DavidCoward Photography

Posts: 629

Sandy Springs, Georgia, US

Mike Needham Retouching wrote:
I would spend more time with d&b to address the patchy areas in the body, the face doesn't seem to need too much work.

Yeah, the patchiness seemed more obvious after I did the skin softening. I'd done a lot of d&b on it, but it could definitely use more.

Does anyone do a skin-softening BEFORE d&b work?

Apr 10 13 04:48 pm Link

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Mike Needham Retouching

Posts: 369

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

Does anyone do a skin-softening BEFORE d&b work

I would say skip the 'skin softening' and just clone and heal the worst of the blemishes and then set to work on the d&b.

Apr 11 13 02:34 am Link

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Retouch007

Posts: 403

East Newark, New Jersey, US

I would same the same clone, heal and d&b the misconception (you will probably d&b like 30 to 45 min tops with this image don't zoom in too much zoom out mostly is the trick) is that it has to look perfect instead just make her look fresh faced the skin needs variation. Also it looks to be a hair job so go in on that and play with color is probably the best way. Don't get stuck on the clean ups.

Apr 11 13 04:11 pm Link

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DavidCoward Photography

Posts: 629

Sandy Springs, Georgia, US

R G wrote:
I would same the same clone, heal and d

Apr 12 13 03:26 pm Link