I just have a few stupid questions that I'm wondering about photography. Ok so if you have a color cast on a small section of a persons arm/face/etc. is it really necessary to remove it? Also, skin tones. If you have a group picture and different skin tones, is it really absolutely necessary to edit each person individually to make sure ALL skin tones are right? (using lasso tool, etc.) I mean...there's a lot of "little" but not so little things to worry about in photography. Do I really need to have all that down in order to start a business let's say? I know how to edit out stuff like that but what if you have more than five pictures of the same group of people...do you really have to edit each one? Or do you edit the ones that your clients want? Just wondering and trying to get things straight in my head is all. It just seems like so much work to remove each color cast, little errors in pictures, and your clients don't want that picture. Is it possible to avoid color casts in camera? Or is it just one of those things you have to worry about later in PS and just deal with it? Don't worry I don't have any clients I am just wondering for future reference. I have some pictures that need C&C but I can't post them here. Well I probably could but I don't feel comfortable doing so. If you are on my flickr, could you please take a look and c&c there? Would appreciate it... (I'm uploading here in a sec). DD's daycare came over for lunch today and I snapped a few pictures (don't worry I did ask them for permission ). I only took like 30 so I don't have much to choose from. I told DH that if someone specifically told me to take pictures I would go nuts taking them and would take at least 100. Not 30. But..it was just a fun thing. Thank you!
eta: on flickr, it's the 6 most recent pictures with barnehage in the name also I want to send them to them and see what they think of them and I hope they like them enough to let me practice at the daycare. I know I'd LOVE the practice. And I'm sure they'd like free photos.
You have a lot of good questions and I think the answer is going to differ from person to person. IN my opinion, removing color casts on a persons face is a big deal. To me it really depends on how much you charge, and if it is a major issue. I hope that is making sense. I keep reading it and retyping it...
anyway... if you are charging professional prices for sessions and prints, then yes,you do need to take care of these things.
I have a very small business right now. I am a teacher and only take about 4-6 sessions a month. Some people would say that Im not ready for business, but when you have people knocking down your door, what do you do, right?
I treat each photo in ps like it is going to be my clients favorite picture that they will want a poster size pic printed out. I also dont want my work out there if there was something that I could have done to make it better. Could just be my perfectionism here, but I want a good reputation and its important to me.
I hope that made sense.
definitely made sense thanks! i appreciate all opinions! it's nice to just get an idea of how it works for different people.
oh yeah- I forgot to put my 2 cents in on skin tones
In my opinion, some people are olive toned, some are more red, and so on...
I try to leave them natural looking, but if they really look strange I will tweak one way or the other. (in every pic if necessary) Ive had several couples where one person is pale and the other is yellow looking (at least to me)
If I take an hours worth of photos, I can count on spending at least 45 min narrowing them down, boosting color, adjusting my stupid wb (another issue of mine..), and sharpening, then resizing and watermarking for online proofing.
Well, It's hard to say. I oscilate on this issue a lot. For my headshot folks, I absolutely do NOT process all the photos. There is now way....it's far too many proofs. What I do is process a few so they can get an idea of what the processing looks like, then I put up all the untouched proofs. They buy the ones they like, and then I do the processing for them and double check that the processing is okay before I deliver the order.
I've considered doing similar with my regular clients, but I really do worry that I won't sell as much because the raw images just don't have that same professional punch that the processed images have and it's my guess that the average client can't see the final image.
SO, my comprimise....I do a basic edit of the 30-40 regular portrait shoots I like best and for the ones that get prints purchased, I fix the color small casts and everythng else that takes more than 2 minutes of my time.
Skin tone doesn't have to be the same for everyone, just flattering. You don't want a yellow Aunt Clara and purple Uncle Hank.
Wife to Rich~ 8/16/03 Mom to Nathan~ 9/30/07
hehe Thanks Amber. I think I just worry too much about skin tone. I feel like it has to be 100% correct or else it looks funny. But sometimes I eyeball it and it looks fine to me but then I check the %'s and those are way off. I hope I learn more about skin tone and colors by reading the books i'll be getting.