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what is the right way for portrait traitment bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)::2008-04-29 1:03
I love to shoot portrait but am struggling to do the right treatment in photoshop. I just want to know steps by steps where to start? where am going to end. am just a beginner in PS and am using CS3.

Please help....Buddy
Re: what is the right way for portrait traitment ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)::2008-06-05 11:28
Hello Buddy
I am not sure about any PP steps but this link came in my email today.
I hope it will help "set up" the shot



http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/4-quick-tips-for-portraits/


Good luck


Tricia
Re: what is the right way for portrait traitment appalcarp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 154 N: 633] (4198)::2008-06-08 14:50
There are some pretty good portrait photogs here that post regularly and seeing what they've done in their galleries should explain quite a bit.

I critique based on what I like and there are some general observations that deserve being said:

1. Avoid too much light, this is difficult to correct if the skin is washed out.
2. Make sure the eyes and lips are especially sharpened back up if you do any special treatments like Gaussian blur.
3. If there are serious differences in contrasting elements (like a white girl on a black bg or a black girl on a white bg or a white male wearing black leathers, etc.), you might wish to use HDR and combine 2 exact shots with different settings each highlighting the best light for the fg or bg.
4. Watch out for color, if the skin takes on a bluish or greenish cast, the model will appear cyanotic. Warm yellow lights sometimes work the best or use a gold diffuser. People with more melanin in their skin like the Spanish will 'take' better and it is a bit easier. Coal black or extremely white people also require special setups at times for the aforementioned reasons.
5. Watch the pose and avoid the simple 'centered' shot as they will look like a passport photo. For this, use your cropping tool. Remember the 'rule of thirds' for your shots and try to make them interesting. There are 'classic' poses that are very effective so Google up a couple of articles and read them long before you shoot for real or try the pp work. After that, you'll need lots and lots of practice.
Re: what is the right way for portrait traitment rushfan2112 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 95 W: 10 N: 127] (695)::2008-07-21 4:13
Hi Buddy.

In my experience (I used to do wedding photography as a part time job assisting a pro friend of mine some years ago) there are two main types of portraits:

1) Those that aim to flatter (wedding, glamour, etc.)
2) Those that aim to tell it like it is.

Unless you're trying to create a particular look or style, , I would suggest ensuring that white balance is spot-on (nothing worse than icky coloured skin) and that when taking the shot, you make sure that the sitter's eyes are in sharpest focus.

CS3 is a very advanced tool (I use it and must admit there are many aspects that I know little about). However, I find the 'highlight and shadow' tool useful to lift any darkness around the eye sockets and under nose / chin. That said, if you position lighting / reflectors well during the shoot, you can avoid having to do much in PS apart from cropping, adjusting colour temperature and sharpening.

Regards, Paul.
Re: Thanks Gary bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)::2008-08-08 21:44
Many thanks for the tips Gary, these will help me to improve my shooting in portrait in the future. Really am very thankful to have you guys over there. Thanks for extending time for my quiries.

Mabuhay Ka.. (Long live)...


My best Regards,

Buddy