Working on Portrait PP

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Gregoryniss, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. Gregoryniss

    Gregoryniss TPF Noob!

    Feb 15, 2009
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    Nikon D200
    Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 @ 2.8
    ISO 100

    The actual picture was kind of taken as a joke, but i thought i'd try my best at post processing it.

    My first real try at PP'ing a portrait. The only lighting was a hand held sb-800 (triggered via on-camera flash at EV -2.0) around 30 degrees left and a little above the subject.

    To edit i removed blemishes, then did surface blur & gaussian blur and the masked over the lips, hair, and eyes. Then i made the eyes whiter and sharper and darkened the background, then did some dodging and burning.

    I know this isn't my best work, but i'd like to get some feedback and any tips that people have for me. How can I make his skin tone more even in color? Also, i feel like i could've done something better with the hair, but maybe that is more of a lighting issue than PP.

    I'm looking into doing senior pictures and portraits in the future for friends so anything helps!
  2. ANDS!

    ANDS! No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Nov 14, 2006
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    Generally it is ideal to show the before picture so folks can see how "well" you did the removal of blemishes, wrinkles etc.

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