skin tone/look: help needed

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  1. guitarmy

    guitarmy TPF Noob!

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    So I shot my first kinda 'couply' shots this past week, and I need some input on my post-processing skills.

    Tell me what's right and wrong with this shot, skin-tone wise, please!

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    I'm trying to walk the line between smoothing skin out and making it look too plasticy. Thanks!
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'd like to see a larger image but this looks pretty good to me...not over done.
     
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    I think that the skin is too yellow, there are few mid-tones, and little shadow detail.
     
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    Really? Too yellow? I desaturated the yellow about 10 points or so. Maybe I gotta do more.

    I could easily up the shadow detail with curves.
     
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    this picture is a little small to see well.
    the shadows are so dark, they almost look like their heads are poking through a black sheet.
    I would eliminate the space between them.
     
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    Skintones look good to me, I might take a bit more yellow off of the guy though, maybe just a pinch. I wouldn't do anything to her skintones at all. Also I just calibrated my monitor today.

    Looks good :)
     
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    Not sure here. To me the man's skin is on the very edge of being too smooth and taking on a 'mask' look. I think the woman's face here is about right.
     
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    In looking at this again, I realized that what bothered me most is that there is no connection between the two people. They might as easily been PSed into the same picture.
     
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    The skin tone is less of a problem than the hair and part of the face blending into the background. As well, both his eyes should be visible and all the eyes need brightening in postprocessing.

    skieur
     
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    On my monitor the girl's complexion is excellent. The guy appears to be very very fair complected. Maybe he needs a slight touch of rose overlay.

    I really like your use of Hi-key lighting. Your lighting technique makes this a very dramatic portrait. It's a common technique used by the photographers who shoot for the ads and layouts in GQ. If you haven't already, pick up a copy of GQ and browse for other ideas.
     
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    His eyes to me, around them, the sockets and such are off yellow to me, and I don't think I like how close up the shot is done, backing it up a little, would have done wonders IMO
     

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