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Senior portraits - can they be too sharp?

 
icor1031
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Jan 14, 2017 12:47 as a reply to post 18244249 |  #16

I've come to like my Otus, and I *hate* the smoothing filters photographers use. Their pictures don't look like real people, they look like .. paint. Painted/fake skin.


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Jan 14, 2017 15:49 as a reply to icor1031's post |  #17

That may be but each year the line grows for family portraits and they seem to really enjoy the results. With today's camera phones and "special effects", I guess people have become accustomed to software filters.


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Jan 18, 2017 12:51 |  #18

icor1031 wrote in post #17945324 (external link)
Senior portraits - can they be too sharp?

Well, yes - of course! Unlike bird and wildlife portraits, portraits of people do not benefit from ultra sharpness. Why? Because 'sharpness' means the resolution of extremely fine detail, and fine detail in human faces is typically unattractive.

Pores.

Extremely short stubble in shaved areas.

Tiny little spots of skin that are off colour.

Extremely small, shallow wrinkles.

Little grains of makeup that got displaced and settled in an area where they don't belong.

Areas where the skin is textured and not smooth.

Most human faces have - literally - thousands of these minuscule imperfections. Our faces are literally covered from top to bottom with super-tiny little things that are really ugly......why would anyone want to take a photo that is sharp enough to clearly show each and every one???

Most people, especially high school seniors, don't want portraits of themselves that exhibit 'character'. Rather, they want photos in which they look attractive.

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