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Old 08-16-2008, 11:23 PM
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Question remove/minimize shadows on face

Hi all,

I'm new to this form and I am wondering what is the best way to remove/minimize shadows on a face. I do not mean heavy large shadows caused by an object, but more in turn of shadows cast by parts of the face, such as below the lip and nose.

I attached an example. So far, I had some success just dodging it, but I was wondering if there were other techniques that would give better results?

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David
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:19 AM
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Re: remove/minimize shadows on face

I am not being flippant but there are a number of ways to do what you ask.. and the best way is the one that works for you and your purposes.. Glossy print magazine or family album?

Levels adjustment layers (with masking)
Clone tool then fade
Patch tool or healing brush then fade
soft history brush set to screen
Dodge & Burn (D&B)
Paint with light (PWL)
Plus many others....

So we can get more specific to your needs, what image editing software are you using? How critical are your results?
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Old 08-17-2008, 05:07 AM
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Re: remove/minimize shadows on face

Thanks for the list, I didnt realize there was that many different ways.

I use Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS3 for my post-processing. I recently started doing fashion photography and so the images will be for my portfolio, online web sized and some 8x10 prints as well I guess.

When I started I never really paid too much attention on little details like shadows. I shoot mostly 3/4 to full length, I havnt done any studio beauty shots yet but Im planning to experiment with that soon. So I recently started reading up on retouching and noticed a lot of my previous shots can use some touch up lol
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Old 08-17-2008, 06:57 AM
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Re: remove/minimize shadows on face

davidpz888,
Have you tried, image, adjustments, shadow/highlight? Add a layer mask to the s/h layer.
Ray
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:51 AM
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Re: remove/minimize shadows on face

You can also dup. the bg. set it to screen, add layer mask to the screen layer, paint/white on the screen mask layer, blur mask, change the op of screen layer.
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:58 PM
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Re: remove/minimize shadows on face

Hey des151,

Thanks for the info. I did try the shadow/highlight feature, but the shadows that I want to remove/minimize arent really strong to begin with, so I get better results from just d/b

However I was using d/b in a destructive way i.e. without layers. So from now on, I will create a new layer and use the 50% gray technique. Should give me more control. I have heard ppl using either overlay or soft light screen modes. I'm not sure which is better for what situation or what the difference is?

David
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:32 AM
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Re: remove/minimize shadows on face

And next time put a reflector screen beneath the face to lighten those shadows directly

(and if you are not the photographer, hit him over the head with the reflector screen then put it there =)
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:54 PM
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Re: remove/minimize shadows on face

haha yea I really should have used a reflector. When I first started out, I never really cared about the details, instead only the composition. And even when I started using a reflector, I didnt fully grasp what exactly was being filled.

But now that I'm reading more about retouching, I have a much better concept of how the little details are affected by light. And since its so time consuming to fix flaws in post-process, I think there will be more motivation for me to get as much of the little details right as possible.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:56 PM
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Re: remove/minimize shadows on face

Yepp. thats how you learn =) Both retouching AND photography.
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:13 PM
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Re: remove/minimize shadows on face

Speaking of learning, what's the best way to lighten shadows with a reflector when photographing full body to 3/4. For head shots, I can put the reflector very close and beneath the face. But I cant for long shots since the reflector will be in the frame...
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