Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies

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What is the color of skin?

You may think you know, until you try to reproduce what you see. Differences in software, hardware, lighting, calibration—everything has an impact on color. And that's all before you confront the differences between people: young, old, male, female, different ethnicities, wearing makeup or not, wrinkled or tattooed—even their notions about what looks good!

In this new edition of his hot-selling guide, top Hollywood ...

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Overview

What is the color of skin?

You may think you know, until you try to reproduce what you see. Differences in software, hardware, lighting, calibration—everything has an impact on color. And that's all before you confront the differences between people: young, old, male, female, different ethnicities, wearing makeup or not, wrinkled or tattooed—even their notions about what looks good!

In this new edition of his hot-selling guide, top Hollywood photo-illustrator Lee Varis guides you step by step through the maze. Find out how he lights, captures, color-corrects, and retouches images of people in all their variety—using the very latest Photoshop and Lightroom tools—and discover his secrets to making people look compelling in their own skin.

topics include:

  • Understanding the basics of digital capture and workflow
  • Starting with the right hardware and software settings
  • Developing your digital color "chops"
  • Mastering Rembrandt lighting, natural lighting, and other lighting techniques
  • Overcoming common digital skin problems, such as too much red
  • Composing shots, posing models, and taking formal portraits or candid shots
  • Trimming the fat, lighting up the eyes, and filling in wrinkles
  • Using new blur filters, creating a grunge look, and adding dazzling effects
  • Sharpening, soft proofing, and simulating, so you can print with success
  • Discovering what can and what can't be done in post-process

Learn new camera calibration techniques

Understand lighting for many different effects

Discover color-correction techniques for every type of skin

Learn new special effects like HDR Toning in Photoshop CS5

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

A Hollywood photoillustrator with 30 years of experience, Varis has been published in National Geographic, Newsweek, and Fortunemagazines. Far from a manual on fashion or nude photography, this is a comprehensive tutorial on how to photograph all types of people: young, old, and dozens of ethnic varieties. Varis supplements the book with a CD of numerous before-and-after sample image files and technical reference materials. He begins with a discussion of the right hardware and software and how to configure them, then teaches digital color management and lighting techniques as they apply to portraiture. He also provides in-depth chapters on retouching and special effects, including such techniques as skin smoothing, beauty retouching, screen diffusion, and depth of field effects. Highly recommended for serious students.


—Daniel Lombardo
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A Hollywood photoillustrator with 30 years of experience, Varis has been published in National Geographic, Newsweek, and Fortune magazines. Far from a manual on fashion or nude photography, this is a comprehensive tutorial on how to photograph all types of people: young, old, and dozens of ethnic varieties. Varis supplements the book with a CD of numerous before-and-after sample image files and technical reference materials. He begins with a discussion of the right hardware and software and how to configure them, then teaches digital color management and lighting techniques as they apply to portraiture. He also provides in-depth chapters on retouching and special effects, including such techniques as skin smoothing, beauty retouching, screen diffusion, and depth of field effects. Highly recommended for serious students. (Library Journal, March 15, 2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470592120
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/9/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Varis is a photo-illustrator working in Hollywood. He has been involved in commercial photography for three decades. His images have been featured in National Geographic, Newsweek, and Fortune magazines, and both his writing and photography have been featured in trade journals such as PDN, PEI, Design Graphics, and others. His work has appeared on movie posters, video box and CD covers, and in numerous brochures and catalogs. Varis conducts seminars and workshops for APA, PPA, ASMP Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and LIGHT Photographic Workshops. He is the president of LADIG (Los Angeles Digital Imaging Group).

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Introduction.

Chapter 1 Digital Imaging Basics, Workflow, and Calibration.

Chips and Pixels.

Your Monitor and Calibrator.

Basic Digital Capture Workflow.

Setting Up a Lightroom Catalog.

Calibrating for Digital Capture.

Building a Camera Calibration.

Using Camera Profiles.

Editing Camera Profiles for Better Skin Color.

Working with Your Calibration.

Calibration Review.

Testing Procedure Overview.

Putting Color Management in Context.

Chapter 2 Lighting and Photographing People.

Lighting Technology.

Basic Portrait Lighting.

Rembrandt Lighting.

Natural Light.

On-Camera Flash.

Breaking the Rules.

Advanced Lighting Techniques.

Ring Light.

Combination Lighting: Daylight Plus Flash.

Controlling Natural Light.

Action Stopping Lighting.

Experimenting with Light.

Chapter 3 The Color of Skin.

White Points, Black Points, and Places In-Between.

Zone System: Contrast and Tone.

Neutral Color: Using Balanced Numbers.

Curves: The Basic Color and Tone Tool.

Contrast Control: The Basic Curve Shapes.

Info Panel: Reading Basic Numbers.

White/Black Point Correction.

Adjusting the Numbers for the Color of Skin.

The Family of Man: Cultural and Psychological Issues.

Cultural and Personal Color Bias.

Chapter 4 Tone and Contrast: Color and B+W.

Converting to B+W.

The Channel Mixer.

Split Channels: Layer Blending.

Luminosity Blending.

Instant Tan.

When Color Overwhelms: Look for the Good Channel.

Hue/Saturation Toning Effects.

Split-Toning.

Gradient Map Colorizing.

The Power of B+W.

Chapter 5 Retouching.

Basic Image Repair.

Hue/Saturation Color Repair.

Skin Smoothing.

Beauty Retouching.

Subtle Retouching.

Figure Thinning Techniques.

Chapter 6 Special Effects.

Soft Focus.

Basic Diffusion Effect.

Screen Diffusion.

Multiply Diffusion.

Overlay Diffusion.

Depth of Field Effects.

Lens Tilt Effect.

Film Grain and Noise.

Cross-Processing.

Grunge.

Tattoos.

Enhancing Existing Tattoos.

Faking Tattoos.

Final Notes.

Chapter 7 Preparing for Print.

Sharpening.

Unsharp Mask.

Smart Sharpen.

Multiple Sharpening Layers.

Octave Sharpening.

Overlay Sharpening and High-Radius Effects.

Color Management for Print.

Translating from RGB to CMYK.

Profiles and Look-Up Tables.

Soft Proofing.

Desktop Printing.

Print Options.

Output Simulations.

Creative Print Finishing.

Background and Canvas Options.

Edge Treatments.

Last Minute Fixes.

Chapter 8 Parting Shots.

The Creative Workflow.

Future Developments.

Index.

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