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

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9780470592120: Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies

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 artists

If you're photographing people, you’ll want this valuable and unique guide on your shelf.

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From the Back Cover:

What is the color of skin?

You may think you know, until you try to reproduce what you see. Differences in software, hardware, lighting, calibration—everything has an impact on color. And that's all before you confront the differences between people: young, old, male, female, different ethnicities, wearing makeup or not, wrinkled or tattooed—even their notions about what looks good!

In this new edition of his hot-selling guide, top Hollywood photo-illustrator Lee Varis guides you step by step through the maze. Find out how he lights, captures, color-corrects, and retouches images of people in all their variety—using the very latest Photoshop and Lightroom tools—and discover his secrets to making people look compelling in their own skin.

topics include:

  • Understanding the basics of digital capture and workflow

  • Starting with the right hardware and software settings

  • Developing your digital color "chops"

  • Mastering Rembrandt lighting, natural lighting, and other lighting techniques

  • Overcoming common digital skin problems, such as too much red

  • Composing shots, posing models, and taking formal portraits or candid shots

  • Trimming the fat, lighting up the eyes, and filling in wrinkles

  • Using new blur filters, creating a grunge look, and adding dazzling effects

  • Sharpening, soft proofing, and simulating, so you can print with success

  • Discovering what can and what can't be done in post-process

Learn new camera calibration techniques

Understand lighting for many different effects

Discover color-correction techniques for every type of skin

Learn new special effects like HDR Toning in Photoshop CS5

About the Author:

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).

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