A Journey of Enlightenment

Post Processing

Plastic (is not so) Fantastic!

There’s one thing that can ruin a great portrait and that is bad skin. I’m talking about spotty, porous and/or blotchy skin, but not in the way that you are thinking. I’m talking about the results of the various “quick win” skin retouching methods widely used by us non-professional retouchers out there. One of the most popular methods is to even out the texture of the skin by blurring it.

While this does give the appearance of smooth skin, it is often overdone and leaves the skin looking plastic and false. Being an amateur photographer I don’t have the money to hire a professional retoucher or the time to spend hours on one image. However if I was trying to sell my services to a top range make-up company I may invest in one, but that’s not going to happen any time soon […but I’m open to offers if there are any…]. (more…)

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It’s Better to (Dodge and) Burn Out than to Fade Away…

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m no expert when it come to “post processing”. In fact I wouldn’t even call myself a novice. So on one of my rare days off today I’ve been trying the technique of Dodging and Burning.

For those few that don’t know, dodging and burning is not something new. In fact it is a technique which originates from the darkroom. Today however it can also be applied to digital images via post processing software such as Photoshop or The Gimp.

In essence, dodging and burning is used to locally alter the exposure of an image to enhance a particular area or to draw attention to/emphasise a certain part of an image. It is used to add or decrease local contrast and it can also be used to increase or decrease the overall tonal range of an image.

While most post processing software offer specific dodge and burn tools, I have been test driving a different method to achieve the same results in a non destructive way. (more…)