Oily Skin And Specular Highlights

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  1. smoke665

    smoke665 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Any tips or suggestions for dealing with this when using lights? Obviously makeup would help, but what if you're caught without and exposing for the highlights creates a really underexposed image.


     
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    Can you make minor changes to your light or shooting position to minimize them? Otherwise, post?
     
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    smoke665 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    No choice but to do it post now. It wasn't showing up under the modeling lights (or I didn't catch it). What a PITA
     
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    If you get one of the paper seat covers from a public restroom and dab it on the face, it does wonders to reduce shine. I keep a box in my studio
     
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    And maybe a few strange looks. :aiwebs_016: That's one product I would have never thought of, but hey if it works. My kit now includes powder, brush, and some of these.
    clean-and-clear-oil-absorbing-sheets.jpg
     
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    ac12 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Thanks for the tip.
    I will check that out the next time I am at the drug store.
     
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    Yes on the makeup tools and also a specular light source will also exacerbate oily skin.
     
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    If full on make-up is out of the question, how about a light dusting of baby powder? It should knock the edge off without making them too pale.
     
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    My kit now includes a dusting powder and brush, as well as oil absorbing sheets.
     
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    Sometimes hot spots are not avoidable, for whatever reason. And when non-pro makeup is in place, I'd rather fix those in post than deal with the low quality powder or cream inside each pore of the subject.

    I generally extract a channel that gives me the best separation of the highlight, mend it with the curve so it is only the spot is left there, blur it a bit and blend using Color Burn. It solves a majority of problems, provided the hot spot is not a solid 255,255,255.
     
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    For the occasional over bright highlight I don't mind doing it, sometimes it can't be helped. Even a blown spot can be repaired, by replacing the area with a skin sample from another area. I have a library of skin RGB samples, and skin textures that can be used to totally replace skin. I use many of the techniques from Lee Varis's book ""skin", as well as some of my own variations.
     
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