Friday, May 6, 2011

FAQ Friday: Skin Retouching + Style

Face it, fashion editorials look so flawless right?
The girls are glamorous, their clothing is spectacular, and their shoes,
oh my... they are to die for!
Although, I wish I could show you a cool fashion shot like that, we will be talking about
skin retouching. I know when I first started, literally softening the skin
with a blur was the best invention ever, right?!
Ok, all jokes aside, when I look at my old work,
I think... Wow, I have come a long way.
And to be perfectly honest, I know that in a couple months, I'll be
like whoa... what was a thinking 2 months ago?
We grow within our craft every single day, right!
And, I'm not saying that this technique is the same one the fashion editors use,
but it still helps to make the skin look natural and smooth.
To all of those who have been asking me about skin, here it is.

I hope this little tip helps. It does help to create a flawless look :)
I use Photoshop, just so you know, in case your menu looks different than mine.

I received a couple questions from Teresa.

Q: How do you go about editing with actions?

A: I do use actions, but I also tweak them to create my own style.
Creating your very own style is so crucial to helping to build your brand and it helps to set you apart from other photographers. When I do use my actions, I mix them with others and bring down the opacity to my liking :)

Q: Do you completely edit before showing your clients their photos?

A: Yes, I always edit before I show my clients. This goes back to style
and after all, your client hired you because of the style you have.

This last question is from Kelsey.

Q: How do you sharpen/save your images?

A: When I go out and photograph, I make sure that they [the photographs] are in focus, to ensure sharpness. Of course, I do sharpen them a tad more through photoshop to add clarity
and that crisp look. I wish the camera would have it that sharp to begin with.
As far as saving, when I save my images, I do them under JPEG and/or TIFF.

Happy Friday everyone!



Anonymous said...

thanks for answering my question! awesome post, I hope my photos look as great as yours!!!

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