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Old 09-15-2008, 09:47 PM
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sharpening/skin softening technique...

does anyone know the method you use to achieve a sharpened portrait, but the skin is still soft and even? similar to this photographer (sorry, it's the only examples i could find off hand).

i see a lot of people using this technique, perhaps there's a quicker way to do it than what i usually do.

thanks!
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:22 PM
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Re: sharpening/skin softening technique...

If I'm seeing to what you refer I'd say that I achieve that look with my airbrush.

...Pierre...
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:34 PM
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Re: sharpening/skin softening technique...

http://www.christyschuler.com/retouching.html
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Old 09-15-2008, 11:07 PM
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Re: sharpening/skin softening technique...

that page doesn't want to load...
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Old 09-15-2008, 11:08 PM
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Re: sharpening/skin softening technique...

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Old 09-16-2008, 02:21 AM
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Re: sharpening/skin softening technique...

I just want to be sure about the nature of your problem.

a) Is your skin softening technique making your pictures look unsharp, or

b) Are you running a sharpening process on all your pictures as a rule and this is making the skin look pixellated, clumpy, uneven etc. If so, why do your pictures need so much sharpening. Are they unsharp coming out of the camera?

c) I have completely misunderstood what you are saying and you have a different problem altogether.
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:29 PM
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Re: sharpening/skin softening technique...

Adjust your lighting to utilize the smallest aperture setting your lens can get (A good quality lens should give you a F/32 as a starting point)

If you are shooting with a lens that has a range of only F/3.5 (Wide) and F/5.6 (Tele) or less, your depth of field will be very limited
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:23 PM
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Re: sharpening/skin softening technique...

Odd she must of took it down... that was one of the best techniques. Look it up on Google I guess.

Christy Schuler... she had a video tutorial. It was awesome.
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Old 09-18-2008, 03:35 PM
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Re: sharpening/skin softening technique...

Perhaps something is wrong with her webhosting provider.
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Old 09-18-2008, 04:07 PM
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Re: sharpening/skin softening technique...

what do you mean by airbrush when it comes to digital? is this the same as smugging?
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