Two of the refinements that flummox a lot of photographers who are not seasoned retoucher are for eyes. Dark circles, especially the subtle ones and eyes that aren't the same size are hard and impossible respectively in Lightroom. Perfectly Clear Complete has facial recognition that, coupled with tools for fixing these issues, makes it easy to do. Darkness under the eyes Part of the reason there are almost always dark areas under the eyes is that eyes are round. The darkness helps define the shape of eyes. Without it, the eyes tend to look … [Read more...] about All about eyes — dark circle removal & eye sizing in Perfectly Clear
Since I started using Perfectly Clear a couple years ago, there's been one feature that's continually been my go-to, no matter what the subject is that I'm photographing. Sharpness. The sharpness tools in Perfectly Clear are the most accurate and precise I've ever used, and it's something I apply to all of my corporate portraits, as well as some of my landscapes and other imagery. With the latest 3.6.2 update to Perfectly Clear Complete, these tools have gotten even better, giving users more control than ever before to help sharpen their … [Read more...] about Mastering sharpness with Perfectly Clear
“Unless some sweetness at the bottom lie, Who cares for all the crinkling of the pie?” This line is from William King's Poem, "The Art of Cookery," and it applies perfectly to portraiture. Today's tip is quick, and it includes the challenge that you should memorize this line of poetry — it'll broaden your horizons ;) Does your portrait emote? I take this line to mean that no matter how good a pie looks if it doesn't taste good then it's a failure. For you and me, that means that no matter how much hairspray you've used, no matter how … [Read more...] about Portrait Tips: Does your picture have the sweetness?
Anytime your subject is not facing directly into the camera you need to pay attention to where their eyes are looking and how they are framed in the eye sockets. Face over there, eyes over here Photographing a person's profile or making a no-look portrait adds variety to your shoot and can help your subject feel more comfortable in front of the camera. But, when you direct their face away, they usually turn their eyes more than their head. When the eyes are cranked way over to one side and you can mostly see only whites in the eyes, it … [Read more...] about Portrait Tips: Avoid creepy eyes
To enhance eyes and facial features, we are going to add Structure, Brightness and Contrast filters to the entire image, then—using a filter mask—selectively apply the effect to just the eyes, eyebrows, nostrils and lips. The Structure filter will add clarity and micro-contrast. The downside: this filter usually darkens the image. To bring back brightness, we will use the Brightness and Contrast filter. Let’s get started! Basic Development Before we tackle enhancing the eyes and facial features, let’s begin processing the image using the … [Read more...] about Portrait Retouch Part 1 of 3: Enhancing Eyes and Facial Features
When the eyes are visible in a portrait, they should usually be the point of focus for the viewer--your viewer should snap right up to those eyes and linger there. Many things can distract from the eyes--hands, earrings, noserings (the worst!), necklaces, hairstyles--but you can use your photofinishing tools to mitigate the distractions and bring the attention back to the eyes. Simply providing sharpness, a little luminance, and possibly some saturation will help the eyes to remain the hero of the image. Be careful not to go overboard with the … [Read more...] about Portrait Tips: Finishing Great Eyes With 3 Different Apps
A classic pose you can use to add variety to every shoot is a profile. This is done with the person's face looking 90 degrees to the side of the camera so that you see only the outline of the face. It's a striking picture, and you'll see that some of the best are of people who feel less confident about their nose size--big noses make beautiful profiles and you can help people feel good about it by practicing this kind of photograph. Really Practice It I wouldn't be surprised if the first time you make a profile picture you don't like the way … [Read more...] about Portrait Tips: Make Clean Profiles
The eyes are the most important part of a portrait, and the expression in the eyes makes the difference between a well-lit picture and a stunning portrait. You'll notice that when people look into the camera you have about .026 seconds before the eyes start to glaze over. The eyes quickly look disengaged and even frightened. The majority of pictures posted on the internet have dull, uninterested eyes. But there's a simple way to help you get fresh eyes in every picture. "Look down at my toes, please." Whether I'm photographing old friends, … [Read more...] about Portrait Tips: Great Eyes Start At The Toes