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Old 01-18-2012, 09:07 AM
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How do I get consistent skin tones across a shoot

Hello

I am very new to this forum, I'm a photographer by trade, but I am just now getting some commercial clients through for retouching.

My problem - I have been sent a shoot of 80 images, the same model, all on a white background, My first thoughts were this should be easy - WRONG!

The tog has somehow managed to expose pretty much every single image differently, the model is mixed race and he has different skin tones on pretty much every image. Quite an achievement by the photographer .

I am so sure there is a really simple way of doing this, I have tried "colour match" I'm PS, tried adjusting hue/sat in LR and PS along with a number of other methods. With it being quite a large shoot and having a fairly tight deadline.

I need a relatively quick and simple way of doing this. Short of painstakingly going into every image and matching that to a "master" file via adjustment layers and using my own judgement, I can't think of what to do.

I would appreciate any help that could be given on the matter, and I apologise if it's something that has been discussed a lot previously.

Much Love!

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Old 01-18-2012, 09:43 AM
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Re: How do I get consistent skin tones across a sh

Do you have the raw files, or are you able to get them from the photographer?

If so you can easily set the white balance to be the same in all the images with a couple of clicks – if the lighting is the same that should fix the colour. Then you will just have to individually adjust exposure/brightness to match.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:57 AM
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Re: How do I get consistent skin tones across a sh

Hi thanks for the response,

I do have the RAW files, that was my original thought train, maybe I didn't refine the technique quite right. I think the problem seems to be that the lighting isn't that consistent, I think some of his gear hasn't fired on some images. I will try that though

Thanks again for the help

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Old 01-20-2012, 04:09 AM
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Re: How do I get consistent skin tones across a sh

You could try this

1. Convert to CMYK
2. Identify a reference image with the skin tones you want to achieve
3. Using eye dropper, sample about 3 areas -e.g light tone skin, dark skin (in semi shadow) and cheek flesh
4. Write CMYK values for these areas
5. Use curves to approximate these values in the other images.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:15 AM
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Re: How do I get consistent skin tones across a sh

Hey thanks for the input fraiseap, I have managed to work around Chain' solution. Will try that next time as it's a technique I am completely unfamiliar with, it's always nice to try a new approach.

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Old 01-20-2012, 06:21 AM
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If you try fraiseap suggestion, it is important that you do not convert the image to CMYK for this. That would be bad.

You can use CMYK values for skin tone reference if you want, just look in the photoshop info panel. You can set it show the values as CMYK if it doesn't already do this.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:26 AM
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Cool, Noted. So keep it in RGB and just set the info to show CMYK, tbh, just standardising the white balance and working on the exposure from there seems to work perfectly for me. So thanks for that Chain. Now to get rid of a gold tooth, ah it's a steeper learning curve than I imagined this shoot. Thanks again for the help guys!

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Old 01-20-2012, 07:12 AM
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Re: How do I get consistent skin tones across a sh

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If you try fraiseap suggestion, it is important that you do not convert the image to CMYK for this. That would be bad.

You can use CMYK values for skin tone reference if you want, just look in the photoshop info panel. You can set it show the values as CMYK if it doesn't already do this.
Sorry about that. Of course, Chain is right, you dont need to convert to CMYK to check skin tones as CMYK values in the info panel. And working in CMYK is slower and has several other disadvantages.
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:50 AM
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Re: How do I get consistent skin tones across a sh

A gold tooth? Sounds classy...
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:58 AM
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Haha! Mate you have no idea! Super stylish!!
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