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Too much skin processing?

 
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Apr 29, 2012 05:38 |  #1

Looking for some opinions of the skin processing I used in these two candids. I was trying to hit that fine line between "slightly modified" to be more than just a random candid shot and "magazine airbrushed".

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BTW, in case you're wondering, the fine lady is Sasha Masakowski. She's a Jazz vocalist in the New Orleans area. Very beautiful voice and a very good jazz musician!



  
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Apr 29, 2012 07:01 |  #2

show the before images as well. for these types of shots i would merely remove spots and blemishes with a few quick swipes of the spot removal brush on a new layer. the full on editing is supposed to be for more extreme close ups


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Apr 29, 2012 20:48 |  #3

#2 is distinct that you did a retouch on the skin. #1 is a much better representation, but then again, this is not a fashion shoot so why smooth the skin out?


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Apr 29, 2012 22:07 |  #4

#1 might be marginally better, but, I think you've handled both of these very well. To me, their very natural looking.


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Apr 30, 2012 20:02 |  #5

CSMFoto wrote in post #14350302 (external link)
#2 is distinct that you did a retouch on the skin. #1 is a much better representation, but then again, this is not a fashion shoot so why smooth the skin out?

To be honest it was just a random experiment. My knee was hurting while I was doing some other editing and I wanted to let the pain subside a bit before I got up to do something else. So I just played around with the photo!

If I had 300+ pictures to process for an event I couldn't see myself doing that for every photo. But I had only taken about 15 shots that day (was too immersed in the music!) and they were only for myself so it wasn't any hassle.




  
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Apr 30, 2012 20:07 |  #6

Madjackdog wrote in post #14350763 (external link)
#1 might be marginally better, but, I think you've handled both of these very well. To me, their very natural looking.

Thanks! There was so many different random obstacles that I had to be creative to get a semi-clean shot, not interfere with everyone else enjoying her set, and enjoying her set for myself!

I'd be hard pressed to be an official photographer for something like this because the music was so good you can get mesmerized while trying to fight the hoard to get a good angle.

What was also funny was there were like only two to three spots where you could get a relatively clean background shot of her, and that was only if she stood at a certain part of the stage. And those spots were like processing lines for the photographers. You got in, took a few shots and got out while someone else rotated in. And it wasn't coordinated, it just so happened that way!




  
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May 01, 2012 07:39 |  #7

The skin doesn't look overdone at all to me. Good job!


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May 01, 2012 08:49 |  #8

Looks outstanding to me !!! Not overkill at all.


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