Skin : The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-08-09
  • Publisher: Sybex
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Revised and thoroughly updated, this practical guide to photographing people is better than ever!What is the color of skin? You may think you know, until you enter the world of digital photography and try to reproduce what you see. Differences in software, lighting, computer calibration-everything has an impact on color. And that's all before you get into differences between people in terms of skin types, ethnicities, age, gender, and more! Hollywood-based photo-illustrator Lee Varis guides you step-by-step through the maze.This new edition covers the very newest trends and techniques in photographing, lighting, and editing skin-and offers plenty of tips, examples, and valuable advice from the author's own professional experience in the field. Shows you how to digitally capture all skin types: male, female, young, old, different skin tones and ethnicities, with makeup or without, wrinkled, tattooed, and more Covers a wealth of topics in addition to photo editing, such as how to obtain model releases and compose shots, how to shoot groups, and how to create promotional headshots Incorporates the latest on working with Photoshop and Lightroom Showcases exceptional work from a variety of photographers and artistsIf you're photographing people, you'll want this valuable and unique guide on your shelf.

Author Biography

Lee Varis is a photo-illustrator working in Hollywood. He has been involved in commercial photography for three decades. His images have been featured in National Geographic, Newsweek, and Fortune magazines, and both his writing and photography have been featured in trade journals such as PDN, PEI, Design Graphics, and others. His work has appeared on movie posters, video box and CD covers, and in numerous brochures and catalogs. Varis conducts seminars and workshops for APA, PPA, ASMP Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and LIGHT Photographic Workshops. He is the president of LADIG (Los Angeles Digital Imaging Group).

Table of Contents

Digital Imaging Basics, Workflow, and Calibration
Chips and Pixels
Your Monitor and Calibrator
Basic Digital Capture Workflow
Setting Up a Lightroom Catalog
Calibrating for Digital Capture
Building a Camera Calibration
Using Camera Profiles
Editing Camera Profiles for Better Skin Color
Working with Your Calibration
Calibration Review
Testing Procedure Overview
Putting Color Management in Context
Lighting and Photographing People
Lighting Technology
Basic Portrait Lighting
Rembrandt Lighting
Natural Light
On-Camera Flash
Breaking the Rules
Advanced Lighting Techniques
Ring Light
Combination Lighting: Daylight Plus Flash
Controlling Natural Light
Action Stopping Lighting
Experimenting with Light
The Color of Skin
White Points, Black Points, and Places In-Between
Zone System: Contrast and Tone
Neutral Color: Using Balanced Numbers
Curves: The Basic Color and Tone Tool
Contrast Control: The Basic Curve Shapes
Info Panel: Reading Basic Numbers
White/Black Point Correction
Adjusting the Numbers for the Color of Skin
The Family of Man: Cultural and Psychological Issues
Cultural and Personal Color Bias
Tone and Contrast: Color and B+W
Converting to B+W
The Channel Mixer
Split Channels: Layer Blending
Luminosity Blending
Instant Tan
When Color Overwhelms: Look for the Good Channel
Hue/Saturation Toning Effects
Gradient Map Colorizing
The Power of B+W
Basic Image Repair
Hue/Saturation Color Repair
Skin Smoothing
Beauty Retouching
Subtle Retouching
Figure Thinning Techniques
Special Effects
Soft Focus
Basic Diffusion Effect
Screen Diffusion
Multiply Diffusion
Overlay Diffusion
Depth of Field Effects
Lens Tilt Effect
Film Grain and Noise
Enhancing Existing Tattoos
Faking Tattoos
Final Notes
Preparing for Print
Unsharp Mask
Smart Sharpen
Multiple Sharpening Layers
Octave Sharpening
Overlay Sharpening and High-Radius Effects
Color Management for Print
Translating from RGB to CMYK
Profiles and Look-Up Tables
Soft Proofing
Desktop Printing
Print Options
Output Simulations
Creative Print Finishing
Background and Canvas Options
Edge Treatments
Last Minute Fixes
Parting Shots
The Creative Workflow
Future Developments
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