Post-processing? Why that? Maybe
another trick to justify outrageous
fees... or, is it?
stands behind this word can vary widely
from one photographer to another... My
goal is not to change the way you look,
but simply help you look your best - I
will not change the shape of your face or
body, but will rather work at focusing the
eye of your viewer.
What follows is my
personal post-processing recipe so you get
a good feeling, what is to be done after
your gorgeous self was captured...
The files that come out of the camera are
RAW data, like all of you know, this is
just like a negative. To produce a
beautiful portrait, negatives used to be
processed in a darkroom through 3-4 baths
of chemicals... in the digital darkroom,
the exact same thing has to be done with
digital files, in order to finish the
Here is a
The first thing I do when
I get the file on my computer, is adjust
the exposure, highlights, shadows,
contrast, white balance.
Using a variety of masks and filters, I
- smooth out the
background, patch it up might be needed,
if working with fabric available
- remove the dust and lint
- remove any distraction, unwanted objects
or bothersome pieces of clothing (as in
the example below)
- even out the skin tones and texture to
bring back your baby skin
- bring out the eye color/contrast
- adjust contrast and luminosity to the
overall picture -and to individually
- Apply specific color
filters to boost or subdue colors
- add a vignette if needed. This
makes sure that your eye is directed to
the most important in the picture, and
exactly where we want it to go.
- apply specific color
filters to convert a file to
black and white: this method isn't just
the 0 saturation B&W converting method
and ensures the deepest black, the
brightest whites and the widest variety of
tones you can not obtain with any other
method - again, a means of directing the
eye of the viewer to what is most
important in the image.
- one final sharpening of the image makes
sure, once more that the essential is
sharpest, but also not unnaturally sharp.
This will be repeated
on each and everyone of your pictures
to ensure the higher quality standard
A while afterwards...Tadaaaa...
this is it! Oh, but isn't this worth
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