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A View to a Kill...

A View to a Kill... by BURNBLUE

Superb work Simon - great image.


ICE RUNNER by LeeFisher

Golden hour! magic capture Lee.

Ice Queen

Ice Queen by MartaLiterska

Love it - good tone work.


Perona by paul2000ni

This appeals to me - I like the processing.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year by csurry

Be nice to see a bit of movement in the tail Wink


Assasin by mapper

Nice work Lyle!


Beauty by Alda

Nice portrait Alda.
A mod with suggestions of a different crop and re-colour of shoulder straps.

The Bitterest Pill.

The Bitterest Pill. by Scaramanga

Good work Andrew.

I close my eyes

I close my eyes by dathersmith

Good in b/w Darren - great shot.


Evil. by marksilvester

Thumbnail doesn't do this justice - nice work indeed.

I wander

I wander by AnnoraWillow

Great sp - works well in mono.


Stephanie by JackAllTog

I'm not sure how 'natural' you wanted the finished image to look Stuart, but you could do further tonal smoothing if you want to:
With the freq sep technique, if you copy the 'low' layer and add gaussian or surface blur to smooth out the tonal values in the face. Add a layer mask and invert it, then paint in the blotchy areas with a soft white brush.
The 'high' layer which supports the skin texture will still remain intact.

Alternatively, a lot more can be achieved with dnb. Add a black and white 'help' layer with the red set to between -100 and -150, and the yellow set to 0 - 100. This will accentuate the blemishes and uneven skin tones.

It starts off being quite time consumin, but with practice, the time taken diminishes.

PS: A boom arm helps to get the beauty dish central and close to the subject Smile

Nellie Studio Portrait 2

Nellie Studio Portrait 2 by Philpot

Nice portrait Phil - the retouch looks very subtle, and without a before and after, it's hard to know exactly what you've done, and how long it's taken.
I find that the freq sep technique also works as a way of enhancing skin texture, by dropping the opacity of the 'low' layer, or by copying the 'high' layer after clone/heal, then adjusting the opacity down on that.
That said, I prefer now to limit myself to a clone/heal layer, then use d'n'b (black/white on 50%grey(soft light)) to even out the skin tones, then another d'n'b for highlight, shadow and depth.

Also, and extremely helpful, place a black/white adjustment layer above all other layers clone/heal/freq-sep/d'n'b), with red set to -70, as this creates skin contrast allowing you to see all imperfections more easily.

Three names worth googling for some good retouch techniques are Krunoslav Stifter, Natalia Tafarell and Gry Garness.

Staying in touch.

Staying in touch. by mikemullumby

Good capture - did the surfer complete this maneouvre?

Bring back the 60's

Bring back the 60's by kenp666

Love the styling - great shot.

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