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Old 02-06-2008, 08:25 PM
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questions for skin tones. am I crazy?

Shot this band, Tonight The Prom, and their bass player was fun to shoot, but maybe Im crazy, but however many times Ive tried to get a good skin tone, I felt like I was getting too much greens or magentas.. Give me a fresh eye and maybe some advice on what I can do to fix this.

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Old 02-06-2008, 08:50 PM
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Re: questions for skin tones. am I crazy?

this is what i would do (see result in attachment)

1)duplicate image(background)
2)goto Red channel
3)select all and copy & paste into "layers"
4)change the pasted image blending to "Overlay"
5)erase the eye area of the blended image (so its not dark)

thats it
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:34 PM
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Re: questions for skin tones. am I crazy?

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Shot this band, Tonight The Prom, and their bass player was fun to shoot, but maybe Im crazy, but however many times Ive tried to get a good skin tone, I feel like Im getting too much greens or magentas.. Give me a fresh eye and maybe some advice on what I can do to fix this.
What's your intention? If we can assume that your original shot was somewhat representational, then clearly you're not worrying too much about realism, so it's just a question of what kind of effect you want. Don't know how you're seeing green, however; the numbers, if anything, show a deficiency in cyan and an excess of yellow—unless that's the color you want. It doesn't look bad, and compared to the original, you've done some interesting things with it. But, if you want to balance things out a little more, try a selective color layer with -4M and +10C in the Reds and +4C, +3M and -12Y in the yellows. Use a loose mask to keep the shifts in the face.
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:15 PM
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Re: questions for skin tones. am I crazy?

i meant i saw too much green and magenta before, toned those down, but i just felt i hadnt perfected a good skin tone. i wanted natural but desaturated colors, but still natural i guess. but another quick question, can you direct me to the difference between cymk and rgb and what should i use. thanks edge.
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:34 PM
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Re: questions for skin tones. am I crazy?

green and magenta cancel each other out, so where are you seeing both colors?
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:57 PM
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Re: questions for skin tones. am I crazy?

I meant once I saw greens and another time I saw too much magentas, not at the same time.
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Old 02-07-2008, 03:35 AM
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Re: questions for skin tones. am I crazy?

I like Ur foto very mutch U boosted the pict may be less color to skin?
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:13 AM
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Re: questions for skin tones. am I crazy?

I think the skin tone is fine. the overall tone is quite warm so I would't worry about the "extra" yellow, If it looks right it is right? And yes, I have a well calibrated display.
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Re: questions for skin tones. am I crazy?

Hi namphoto,

what is your technic to get this smooth look for your pictures?

Manuel
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Old 02-07-2008, 03:01 PM
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Re: questions for skin tones. am I crazy?

@rovis, awesome awesome, i think ill just get rid of some of that yellow and ill be happy. it was probably just a long night and my eyes were trickin me.

@derlitograph
its nothing complicated, color adjustment and saturation and shadows and highlights in raw, then some levels curves a gradient map. and then alot of direct painting and softlight gray layer painting, USM and then a small texture layer.
focus on your lighting if youre a photographer first though.
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