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  1. Sugar Snap

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    I am really going for a certain look when I photograph children, and I usually browse around to other professional websites to check things out. I found a girl who does amazing portraits....

    All of her clients have the same porcelain skin, same color and all.

    I can tell her photos are ran through PS but does anyone know how to get that same look on the skin, even if it is through PS.

    here is her website if you want a look at what I am talking about.
    www.amywenzel.com

    Thanks so much in advance.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    It looks like a combination of things. Firstly, the lighting is very good, especially on the studio shots. It looks like maybe she favors a slight over exposure, which does help to make the skin look like that...but either way, the lighting and exposure is very important and she appears to do that well.

    There certainly is a processing style. It seems to be high contrast and high saturation, especially the out & about shots.
    I didn't look to closely at the skin. It's not uncommon to apply skin smoothing but children often have very good skin anyway.

    I really don't think there is a shortcut to get those types of results. It's a culmination of photographic & post processing skill & talent.

    Maybe you could post up some of your work and the members around here could offer up some suggestions to help you get the results you want. You could even post them in the Photoshop challenge section and ask people to see what they can do with them.
     
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    Thanks Mike!

    I agree she does favor over exposure, but the only thing that looks overexposed is the subject...most of the time the background noes not look over exposed at all. When I try to do this my whole image gets over exposed.

    I am new to this, where do I go to put up my own images? And how do I do that? Maybe there are directions somewhere, I just have not seen them yet!:mrgreen:
     
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    It's probably good lighting techniques. If you light the subject but not the background, you subject will be brighter on the photo.

    THIS should show you how to post images etc.
     
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    This is more of a question to the experts here than a suggestion. I'm new to photography and I just finished reading Understanding Exposure, so I want to see if I got this right. In the OP's first picture, if s/he wanted to overexpose the kid but not the background, would it work if s/he sets the exposure while aiming the camera at the background without the baby in the frame, and recompose, and shoot?
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes exposure would be different. Only works if in fully manual mode.
     
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    It is a popular style now...I sort of like it but think its going to be dated at some point. Over exposure and high saturation, alot of eye work. Its just trial and error, practice practice practice.

    I was looking through her photos and cant help but wonder where on earth she works that everyone is white?
     
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    i like the website a lot more than the photography...there is A LOT of P&P in those pictures, most of them feel too blown out in my opinion
     
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    I guess one would say the same thing if they were shooting in Africa?
     
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    your right, only black people are in africa and there are only white people in the US. I am so stupid. ;)
     
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    I guess maybe then, mostly white clients are attracted her her?

    I know I did see one shoot in her blog of a VERY cute Asian boy and his family!

    And she lives in Michigan I believe...which seems to be VERY diverse.

    But either way....WHY DOES IT MATTER??????
     

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