Lindsay Adler is a high end fashion photographer and educator. She has been named one of the top ten fashion photographers in the world, so when she shares her insight, it’s probably best to take notes. In this free one hour webinar, Adler goes over five things that can ruin skin, and how to fix them.
1 - Incorrect White Balance
Auto white balance isn’t always best because it is affected by all the colors in the environment. Adler gives the example of someone on a neutral grey background wearing bright red. The camera is going to think there is too much red in the image and will therefore shift the color temp to a cooler temperature in order to even out the colors.
2 - Color Contamination
Color contamination comes into play when dealing with reflective environments. Most people see this when shooting portraits in the park on a sunny day. The sun reflects off the grass and causes a green cast onto the subject. This can also happen with colored walls, colored clothes, colored vehicles, etc.
3 - Color Management
This part boils down to color consistency between devices. Making sure that the color you are seeing on your computer monitor is the same color you are going to see when printing. Another part of this is making sure that you are working in the same color space throughout your workflow.
4 - Wrong Quality or Direction of Light
Here Adler points out the three things to consider when choosing your light; quality of light, direction of light, and intensity of light. In general, the softer light will be more flattering to your subjects skin. Likewise, the flatter and more centered the light is, the better your skin texture will look.
5 - “Bad” Retouching
Some common retouching problems that Adler talks about are things like skin being too smooth, obvious cloning, and removing freckles. When using plugins or the wrong tools to smooth skin, you end up with no texture and the retouch looks overdone and fake. When cloning out blemishes, you need to make sure that you are being careful and not leaving behind repeated patterns that can show what you have done. Lastly, people have a hard time smoothing skin and removing blemishes without also removing freckles.
This webinar was for the company X-rite and they are the creators of the color checker and a few different models of screen calibrators. While the video does talk about these products, I didn’t feel like I watched a sales pitch by the end of it. There is definitely a lot of useful information throughout the video.