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By kamil018    
This time with some retouching (dodge & burn technique)

Tags: Portrait Wife Portraits and people

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capto Plus
8 6.3k 19 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2019 3:29PM
I'm certainly no portrait photographer, but on first sight this shot seemed a little too sharp and full on. I have done a mod and using the texture tool in PS to a minus value just added a little softness without losing too much detail.

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4137 Canada
25 Aug 2019 3:30PM
Hi Kamil, can you provide the camera settings please?


banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4137 Canada
25 Aug 2019 3:44PM
I think that this is your best portrait of your wife so far.

It would also be nice to see the original to compare the before and after, however from what I see here youve done a good job.

I would prefer the near eye to be sharper, - its a little soft, but easily sharpened; theres a s;light green bias in the colour, - you can see it in her hair, so a little correction by biasing towards magenta;(the camera might have tried to correct for magenta by biasing towards green because of the background); a little more light on her face, - just a small amount.

Ive loaded a mod, mod2 to show what I mean.

Well done


kamil018 2 2 Poland
25 Aug 2019 3:45PM
ISO: 200
F: 1,8
Shutter: 1/250

No sharpening done, except default 25 that lightroom applies when importing file.
kamil018 2 2 Poland
25 Aug 2019 3:48PM
Before - uploaded in modifications, forgot to use greycard and x-rite colorchecker so had to adjust colour to match skintone, used skintone refference table provided by piximperfect
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4137 Canada
25 Aug 2019 3:52PM
Thanks Kamil.

Ive added a version with slight skin softening.

At f/1.8, the focus has to be perfectly precise on her eye, preferably manually focused. You will get better margin for error if you stop down a little, and still be able to get a shallow dof. Her skin is nicely sharp, so the eye focus might have been off a tiny amount.

That default sharpening is applied by LR when importing the raw file; when you export your JPEG, you would usually need a little more sharpening; one of the options for exporting allows you to select the amount and type of sharpening to be applied to the exported JPEG; I often find Sharpen for Screen is quite good.


mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2227 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2019 4:24PM
I too reckon that this is the best so far of your portraits of your lovely wife, and your processing, plus that little bit of extra brightness that Willie has added in Mod 2, works for me. You have magicked away a couple of skin blemishes, and done a tiny bit of smoothing, but healthy skin needs no more. I really don't like to see skin deprived of all texture.

But F1.8 was risky. I would prefer to see F3.5, for safety, and bump ISO up to say 250.
chase Plus
14 1.6k 381 England
25 Aug 2019 5:06PM
Your wife has lovely green eyes, and I agree with comments above.
The thing that struck me was the size of her pupils which to me makes her look a little stark or starey. If you use flash in a darkened room the pupils of your models' eyes will enlarge...I know, I have done it, looks most odd.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4137 Canada
25 Aug 2019 5:41PM
Check out the Colour of Skin by Lee Varis, much better approach than piximperfect.
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1664 England
25 Aug 2019 6:20PM
Views on colours differ: my own feeling is that your judgment is better than any supposedly objective measure. Partly, you were there, and know how things looked. Also, you know how you want things to look...

Much of photogrpahy is about subtle distortions or changes to reality to make it better...

I'll second the suggestion of stopping down a little - but working wide open has a coupel of advantages -

1 when you focus just right, it looks AMAZING; and
2 it provides natural softening of skin texture in all the areas that are not precisely in the plane of focus.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 675 England
25 Aug 2019 9:47PM
A fine portrait Kamil.
I too would close the lens down a couple of stops.

One simple trick that you can do in Lightroom to make skin detail more flattering (and any fuirhter processing easier) is to reduce Clarity by a small amount.
You can do this over the whole image or use the Adjustment Brush for local control.

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