Over-processing your look


How many filters does it take to get the right quality?…….Now, take a moment to  imgane the amount of Adobe filters available to the mass public….At Marvelous Shots Productions, using Lightroom has filters together with social media,  chances we can relate to you’re woes and troubles that come with publishing on a media outlet . Unless it is an art piece usually the goal is to make the editing look effortless or subtle. If you notice even though they are identical, the picture on the right seems to have an overall glow to it. If you look just a tad bit closer through the eye of a photographer, you will notice that the features in the models face that makes this young lady unique have almost disappeared. Being able to see pores and facial features is what makes people doubt whether the photo was retouched or not. The average person might like the over edited photo because the perception seems to be flawless equals perfect. In this case, however,  flawless means destruction. Frequency separation is probably one of the best things to happen to retouching. It is a different method but overall is easier to use then the masking method. I was able to teach this technique to my eleven-year-old son. Once you  get the hang of this as an editor it is a lot easier to see fine differences. This is a big part of what you need. The next step, is knowing what colors apply to skin tones(orange, red, occasionally yellow). So my process involves frequency separation with some healing tool to finish it up. The first step is Lightroom for color. I found this out the hard way because I was having some issues with exporting from Lightroom. Every time I would do it and try to upload to Instagram the picture quality was low and the sizing was always terrible. Now that I leave the retouching for last, the workflow is a lot easier and the picture quality is able to be kept at 240 to 300 resolution. I am also able to create something that is closer to the edge of the same techniques we have now, which don’t have a specific title but, I integrate the use of my  dodge and burning method along with tone curves and contrast to give it a highly colorful surreal look. The look is amazing but the way it is taught can put you through a little agony. A lot of the videos on this dodge and burning process are like 40 minutes and up. Unnecessary. normally there’s not an issue with this as I watch a lot of videos and tutorials however it doesn’t seem like this process has been perfected in a way that is teachable to all ages. Often the videos are disorganized, only cover one photo editor, or involve a lot of banter from the photographer. It seems to only be good for portraits and a lot of them are a bit muddy. I think it’s important for photographers to separate themselves from normal editors. Many people are taking amazing photos with their phones so it’s almost necessary. The downfall to that is that creation starts becoming repetitive competition. This to adds to the problem because in order to out do someone you have to take it farther and thus begins the over process. So to conclude learn as much new stuff as you can after you have absorbed that make your own process because buying presets from photographers who won’t give you the time of day usually doesn’t end up in victory.

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