Coppatop85 wrote in post #5542717
Hey everyone, I'm trying to get some practice shooting portrait style pictures. For this photo I used a Rebel XTi and the nifty 50. No flash (yet). I also read up on some portrait post-processing and tried my hand it it. I think it came out decently, however some parts (eyes) look a little too sharply defined (anyone know how to fix this?)
Any suggestions, links to further reading, or CC would be much appreciated.
BEFORE:Pic1 - unedited
AFTERPic2 - edited
I'm not really the best person to be critiquing, but in my honest opinion, I do not like the edit. It just looks unnatural to me. The teeth especially, as do the eyes. The skin looks patchy and too smooth in areas. Although, as you say, it is a first try. You will get better with practice.
I had a little go at this image myself. Here is my edit. If you like it, I can explain what I did.
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One of the tips I would give on teeth is not to dodge them to lighten. Most people's teeth don't need physically lightening most of the time, unless they are really dull. I find doing a layer mask with hue/saturation and more or less desaturating on teeth makes them perfect. In this photo's case, I used my teeth 'action', then I did lighten them a touch as they looked a little grey. But I do feel they look more natural this way.
Another tip. Wrinkles. Do not remove them all. A lady of this age has wrinkles. I removed the bags under the eyes. Heck, I'm 26 and I have baddddd bags (I'm not even going to show a pic of me unedited lol), but I also have wrinkles. I do not remove my wrinkles entirely, because to me, that is unnatural. Everyone has laughter lines and little creases when they smile. When I smooth skin. I do it at full blur. I've created an action for my skin smoothing. Again, I use layer masks. I go around eyes etc changing the size of my brush. Almost at the end I know what I have done looks unnatural, so I change the opacity to suit until some natural wrinkles come through. The aim is not to remove every wrinkle the lady has.