Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Working on skin texture, part of Family and Group Portraiture.
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Earlier in this course I photographed Sam.…He and I talked about his concerns with his skin and also his weight.…When I photographed him I adjusted the lights and his poses to take care of his…weight, and then I also had him apply makeup to smooth out the color of his skin.…Now I'm going to show you the next step in that process.…I do as much work as possible in Lightroom and then I will export to…Photoshop to finish up.…I go into Develop, because Develop has many more adjustments that I can use, in…particular is the Spot Healing tool.…
I will put it on Heal and adjust Sam so I can see what I'm doing.…I'm going to tackle some of the dark areas here.…I start at the bottom, because I want to create an area of clean skin.…I'm going to reduce my brush size down by doing a left bracket,…and I'm going to just go in and hit some of those dark spots.…Now Lightroom automatically samples for you, but often I don't like where…it chooses.…
So I just make sure that it's choosing the right area for me.…As you can see, when I'm clicking on these little areas, it may or may not be…
The course discusses how to plan for a portrait photo shoot and how to make stylistic decisions regarding props, clothing, and makeup. Next, the course reviews the essentials of posing women and men, starting with a single subject, moving on to a couple, and then working up to large groups. The course also demonstrates how to pose and compose a group portrait in ways that highlight the relationships between group members, whether they're family members or business colleagues. Lastly, to illustrate the time constraints photographers often face, Natalie works against the clock to shoot a group of people she's never met.
The course also covers various postprocessing techniques geared specifically for portraiture, such as working with wrinkles and skin textures.