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Feb 06, 2014 20:28 |  #1

I have a client I want to show that with lighting techniques and applying old style toning to today's digital photography you can soften aging skin...so to speak. I want to have a sample so I thought I would kill too birds with one stone and do this with my hubby's valentine photo of me. Does this work or not?


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Feb 06, 2014 22:45 |  #2

I'm not sure I see old style tones in this shot. It's a bit too much of a high key image to be called old style.


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Feb 06, 2014 22:53 |  #3

Thanks Dave.....it is a high key shot with the old style added via ps. My clients family wants a high key shot but grandma thinks her skin would only look old and dried out. So being a grandma myself I thought I would show her we can work around that.


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Feb 07, 2014 04:25 |  #4

Hmmm. Maybe you should show us a before so we can judge the after?


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Feb 07, 2014 06:55 |  #5

What modifier are you using? It looks like more specularity for what you're trying to accomplish. I like the image though.


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Feb 07, 2014 11:49 |  #6

Here is the photo I added Old Style to from PS... of course I darken the vignette as that will be on my clients photo as well.


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Feb 07, 2014 12:28 |  #7

I'm not sure I'd see this as old style, that makes me think more in the sepia direction or low contrast b&w. I also think your eyes lost some impact in the processed photo, in the original they really draw my attention. All subjective of course.

I think setting up nice very soft light (beauty dish maybe?) and then working with spot tools and masks etc (or something like portrait professional) should give great results. Your model should also use some nice skin lotion for a couple days before the shoot. Since it's friends, maybe you can just do a couple tests and just show them to her, before anybody else sees them? That might convince her.

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Feb 07, 2014 12:29 |  #8

I think I see what you are going for but I think you have removed too much of her natural colour in the process.
By taking the above (2nd) image, I would just apply the old "Glamour Glow" or a skin softener which keeps some texture....NOT one of those skin smoothers that gives skin a plastic look. I would crop the right side and bottom a bit more also BTW.




  
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Feb 07, 2014 14:57 |  #9

Thanks guys....Spike, I am the one in this photograph and thanks for the catch on crop. Selfies are so dang hard. I will keep your comments in mind when working with my client. I will send her out an email today about the lotion ideal. Thank you so much Phantlope. She listens to what I have to say...grandma,s stick together I guess. Funny, I have never heard that before in all my years of photography. You guys rock... Back to the darkroom on this one I guess....


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Feb 07, 2014 15:02 |  #10

Ann, You look lovely and I dont have any concerns over the skin softening, but for some reason the skin tones dont seem quite right to me in either edit. I'm struggling to identify just what is bothering me but the color and saturation seems off.




  
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Feb 07, 2014 15:05 |  #11

If you're considering a re-shoot, perhaps you can catch a more engaging expression. This one suggests a certain level of discomfort. It looks rather forced.


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Feb 07, 2014 17:52 |  #12

I think you failed miserably if you are trying to show how lighting and processing can soften aging skin. In order to do this, to start with you need some aging skin -- get a new model with some aging skin.
Edit: This is a compliment.:D


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Feb 07, 2014 20:32 |  #13

Rofl Qbx.....you just became my favorite photographer....


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Feb 07, 2014 21:47 |  #14

Yes, you are beautiful, I'd ask you to marry me, but I'm spoken for. Now, what modifier did you use?


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Feb 07, 2014 22:45 |  #15

Thankee for the come-back.
If you would open that crop about 3 or 4 feet lower, and visit the G&N forum it would make my day!


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