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Retouching workshop with Karina Lax

Karina Lax joined us again, this time she shared her beauty retouching tips. Lax gave us a few of her images to edit and each of us had a go with skin, beauty, hear, clothes and background retouching. We used numerous tools for example Healing Brush or Clone Stamp. Additionally, Lax explained how to use High and Low Frequency, how Liquify Filter works and how to make teeth whiter. I knew most of it, but never used Liquify tool before. I am glad that I took part in this workshop, as I learned a lot and maybe one day, I’ll use the new skills. Though, to be honest I am rubbish with retouching and don’t enjoy it at all. I am specialising in portraiture and documentary style and thanks god this style doesn’t require much Photoshop. The other reason I don’t do much fashion or beauty, as I don’t like to change people’s appearance. I feel as each person have something special what makes them who they are. Each additional scar, wrinkle or extra pound tells their life story; so I don’t see the point to make them appear slimmer, prettier, taller etc.

I understand that we live in 21st century and both fashion and beauty require all this change to sell their product; but playing with Liquify tool makes me think even more about how horrible world we live in. Many people and kids are still looking in beauty or fashion magazines, Instagram, TV and other digital medias and thinking that this is the true appearance of each model/actress etc. Worrying that they will never look as good, but its all one big lie! A lot of make up and Photoshop! Lets not forget about the high expectation imposed especially for woman, but also becoming visible for men. Life is brutal and I always explain my daughter, that the way we look isn’t important. The most significant is if we are happy, healthy and doing all we can to fallow our dreams.

What’s so special about Lax is her honestly, as I mention in the blog before. When someone asked her how long it takes her to edit the image, she replays it depends how much the client pays for it. We all burst in laugh, but she explained that is different if she is editing picture for Instagram account, fashion or beauty magazines. I like this person even more and looking forward to having portfolio review with Lax in a few weeks.

Have a look at some edits. The last one just proves how easy is to change somebody’s appearance in the Photoshop. I made model’s lips and eyes bigger but it clearly doesn’t suit her.

All images taken by Karina Lax, edited by me.

Check Karina Lax website: http://www.karinalax.com/

final year, photography, portraiture, Rick Kelly, uni work, university, workshop

Portraiture worshop in location with Rick Kelly

This morning I had the pleasure to attend a brilliant workshop with Rick Kelly.

Kelly showed us how to use Elinchrom flashes with Quadra portable battery in location, mixed up with available light. To start with we’ve used one flash on tripod to light the subject. Nikon d700, ISO200, ss 1/125s, f.11 (according to light meter).

Then we added a second flash to light the background. This time the light meter read f.8. Each of us have a chance to shoot some pictures and to change settings to see the difference in exposure. Kelly explained, that when working with flashes and changing the shutter speed one stop down (f.11 to f.8) the light on the subject won’t change, but the background will be brighter. But keep in mind that if you go too slow it will affect both the ambient and subject.

To make a subject brighter, we have three options to chose from: higher ISO, wider aperture or to turn flash power up. Other way round if we want to make the subject darker. Additionally, apart from exposure when working with client remember to always consider composition and subject,s pose.

After that we went to shot in the direct sunlight with one light pointed towards the subject. Then we shot towards the sunlight, with the subject faced back to the sun.

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http://www.rkellyphoto.com

Model: simonweldon.co.uk

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