Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Working on wrinkles, part of Family and Group Portraiture.
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I like to get my photographs as close to perfect as possible, in camera, but use…Photoshop on a regular basis to take care of wrinkles and bags.…I tell my clients that I'm not going to make them look 17, but rather I will…make them look refreshed and ready for the day.…So the first thing that I do when I open up a file is that I make sure that I am…working at 50% or 100%.…Then go over to the Layers, click on the background and drag it to the little…icon to make a new layer, name your layer, name it retouch, then go over to…the Clone Stamp tool, click on that, and what I'm going to do is work first on…the bags under her eyes.…
The first thing I'm going to do is go up here to the Mode, take that down to…Lighten, I'm going to set my Opacity at about 35%.…I chose Lighten because it will only affect the pixels that are darker than the…sample area and it'll lighten them up a little.…So the opacity is dependent on how dark the circles are and I'm going to set…this at 36 or around somewhere in there.…
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.