First Headshots - Skin Smoothing Attempt Added post 10

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First Headshots - Skin Smoothing Attempt Added post 10

Hello! My sister was looking for some head shots for some advertising and web pics for her store and I agreed to attempt a few. She wanted one more formalish with a backdrop and one a little less formal so I suggested going outside. This is my first try at head shots for PLEASE any and all CC is welcome. Don't go easy on me....I wanna improve! PTE as well. All are with natural light and edited a bit in PSE5 to adjust levels and sharpen for web.

Also, how do I check to know for sure if the white shirt is blown or not? I tried searching and could not find a thread on how to check that. I just recallibrated my monitor this afternoon after MONTHS (eek!) and things look so different to me now!!

Thanks in advance.

1.
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Headshots 2009 004 PP webwater

2.
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Headshots 2009 011 pp webwater

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Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/2.0
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Headshots 2009 022 PP webwater

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Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/2.0
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Headshots 2009 021 PP webwater

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no time for proper cc right now.. but these look cool to me- like a WB issue. However, I'm due to recalibrate soon.

ETA: just recalibrated and I take back what I just said LOL... anyway, they look pretty good. I would definitely smooth out her skin and see if you can take the shine off of her forehead, especailly in #1. I'm feeling like a couple are a little soft... did you sharpen for web?

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"MollyDoll" wrote:

ETA: just recalibrated and I take back what I just said LOL... anyway, they look pretty good. I would definitely smooth out her skin and see if you can take the shine off of her forehead, especailly in #1. I'm feeling like a couple are a little soft... did you sharpen for web?

Thanks Molly, good suggestion on smoothing her skin and removing the shine! I'll work on that. And yep...I did sharpen for web :confused: ...maybe my focus was off. I had to throw out a BUNCH cause they were super soft. bummer.

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The outdoor ones are much better than the backdrop ones. The lighting for the backdrop ones is very flat and unflattering and makes these look a bit like a mug shot. Skin softening will help a lot.

How close was she to the backdrop? It looks like she may have been too close.

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Yep, Amber, you are right, I had her too close to the backdrop (maybe 2 ft? oops!) . Was trying to get as close to the window as possible to get that natural light and forgot about the backdrop distance.

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To check for blown spots, I usually use the raw filter when first processing. They have two little boxes at the top to check for highlights and shadows, and it really helps.

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I agree, she's too close to the backdrop. But, out of the first two, I like the 2nd one better. When it comes to the outside ones, I like the 1st one better.

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I really love the outside shots. Color looks OK (as far as I can tell on this uncalibrated monitor here at work) ... her shirt looks a LITTLE blue (but my monitor here SUCKS). Focus and exposure look really nice though. Good job!

And TFS!

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GiGi

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"blonderose" wrote:

To check for blown spots, I usually use the raw filter when first processing. They have two little boxes at the top to check for highlights and shadows, and it really helps.

Thanks for responding...but I have no idea where to find the raw filter? Sorry if thats a dumb question. I don't shoot in raw...could that be my issue? :confused:

I did google my question and found this link below. It says anything over 245 in my info pallet for R, G, B is bad? When I hover over her shirt in #3 blue looks too high (255+) and in some spots green is too high too. Do I correct this through adjusting those individually in adjusting levels in a new layer? Gigi, maybe this is why you are seeing blue!?!?

http://www.ehow.com/how_4995221_check-blown-highlights-photoshop.html

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Thanks for everyones cc! Here's my first attempt at skin smoothing...does it look okay?

Headshots 2009 002 smoothing web water

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i'm seeing a little grey area on her right cheek and her nose..not sure if its my monitor. it's a good first attempt. Keep at Smile

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go to this site and scroll down to #60 it's cspringers skin repair action.

it works pretty good for a free skin fix action.

my fav. is pro retouch.

I think your attempt is good.. but you can probably get it a little better...

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Edit looks great. I couldn't help myself hope you don't mind. I use noise removal and portraiture on her.

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Not sure about your edit. I've never tried, so I can't help but the pp edit looks better.

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"Gehana" wrote:

i'm seeing a little grey area on her right cheek and her nose..not sure if its my monitor. it's a good first attempt. Keep at Smile

I see it too now that you point it out...thanks!

Evy - what site are you referring to? I am all about attempting an action if that makes my life easier!!

El - Don't mind AT ALL! LOVE that edit...looks more natural than mine. Can you give me a little more details on what steps you took to do a noise reduction and portature? I'm a PSE newbee still.... Smile

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You can download a free trial of Imagenomics noiseware and portraiture here... its really fun help a lot with noise.

http://www.imagenomic.com/

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"EL2" wrote:

You can download a free trial of Imagenomics noiseware and portraiture here... its really fun help a lot with noise.

http://www.imagenomic.com/

Thanks El - I totally thought they were filters in elements you were talking about! ha. Didn't realize it was a different program! Thanks for the link!