One of the most misunderstood and yet game changing aspect of post production in fashion photography and portraiture. Thanks to the all the self serving ads about ‘real beauty’, Photoshop usually gets a bad rap.
Photographers, of course, would beg to differ.
Skin correction is not to be taken lightly. It requires a technical as well as an aesthetic eye. These are the 5 basic mistakes you should avoid when editing skin.
1. Plastic Faces Belong On Mannequins Not Humans
Very often I come across images where the model’s face is a victim of a heavy handed Gaussian blur. Unless you want your model’s skin advertising cling wrap, you might want to ease off.
2. Texture Is The Key
Sure get rid of that pimple, smooth over and lighten that dark patch but leave the actual texture.
3. Get Your Make Up Right
The more you get right in-camera, the less time you spend in post. Similarly, if you have a talented make up artist who uses good product, you have less things to worry about while retouching skin.
4. Soften The Shadows
No I am not talking about lighting setups. We are still in post production. You want that professional finish to your image? Understand how the light and shadow affects the face.
Crash Dodge and Burn accordingly.
Even supermodels and the genetically blessed have flaws. You add a touch more realism if you choose to leave a small blemish uncorrected or leave the freckles untouched. It is subjective for sure but I find freckles add a lot of character to the face. Those perfect finishes work for beauty shots but don’t agonize over every detail during portraits.
So worry less about post production and editing. Focus more on shooting. Shooting portraits is one of the most fulfilling parts of photography for me. Let me know what you love to shoot, maybe I could post more about your favourite aspect of photography as well.