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    I have a question. I've seen pictures of people, and they almost look glossy, shiny- like. Almost like a real-life painting but picture wise. I know it doesn't make a whole bunch of sense, but would this be a photoshop touch up if anything? Maybe messing around with the sharpness, saturation, contrast, etc? Again, i'm new to photography.
     
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    Well... without an example it's hard to say.
     
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    specular light brings out the shine on flesh.


    This was with natural window light with an 85mm f/1.8. The hard light from the sunlight comming in from the right, while a reflection off a door at the left bounced back some light onto the other side of his face.
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    This was two flashes below Joe, see how glossy and shiny his face becomes, the hard light creates reflections.
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    This was dome with a single umbrella just above and to my left where I was standing. It's soft light, but it still has a little bit of a sheen to it.
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    The amount of oil on the skin or kind of makeup (if makeup is used) can make a big difference too. Wetness and sweat too.

    Point light, spots, any kind of non-diffuse light, the light intensity, and skin condition are the major factors I think.
     
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    I think i understand what you all mean now. Thanks everyone for explaining.
     

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