How do you get Creamy Skin Tone?

Discussion in 'Wedding and Event' started by nita_dyck, May 1, 2007.

  1. How do some wedding photographers get that really creamy skin tone?? I am sure
    there are a few ways to achieve this but was hoping someone could shed some
    light on it for me. I have tried with a few Photoshop plug-in but this just
    seems to make the picture blurry and I like the crispness of the photo to be
    maintained, as I have seen in some photos.
     
  2. Can you post an example ??
     
  3. Soft filters, Photoshop blur tools, like Gaussian Blur.
     
  4. Use a shallow depth of field and a fair focal length such as f2.8, 55mm (88mm with 1.6 crop) and just sharpen the eyes in photoshop. A little smoothing, removing of blemishes in Photoshop also helps.
     
  5. Start with a large light source, not a small spot light on top the camera.
     
  6. Chances are the effect you are talking about is just heavy PS manipulation. None of my clients have skin that is all one color with absolutely no moles or freckles. It looks freakish to me, but if that's the look you are going for, you pretty much can only accomplish it in PS.
     
  7. really creamy skin is the quadfecta of wedding photography:

    high quality, large aperture lenses, beautiful lighting, makeup and (optional) a bit of selective soft focus in photoshop.

    I think that the first three are more important than the last one.
     
  8. Nita, it'd be really helpful if you could show some examples. I think I know what you're talking about, but my answer would be a longer one so I want to make sure before doing all that typing! :)
     
  9. A nice, diffuse light, a good lens and either great makeup or great Photoshop technique
    (which doesn't involve blurring, by the way).
     
  10. There are two really easy ways to get great skin tones. Kodak 160NC and Fuji 160S.
     
  11. Wow, this is my first time on this site and you all have been fantastic! THANK-YOU for all your imput! I have couple example picture. The first I have seen the actual photo and it actually looks sharper in real life but it still has the dreamy effect. In this case it is most likey just some PSing?? What was actualy done I have no idea?? The next has that soft look and still looks really sharp too. Hopfully this gives you all a better idea. And thanks again!
     
  12. PS...I am shooting with a Nikon D80
     
  13. Take a look at Marc Williams' PN gallery- he is the master!
     
  14. Nita, try playing around with the diffuse glow filter in Photoshop. You might also want to
    create a new layer, run a gaussian blur at a radius of about 4, then change the blend mode to
    soft light.
     

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