Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Before and After Headshot

"After"



I wanted to post the "After" photo first, because I want you to experience it- first glance- as a finished shot. ( : I chose to go with black and white in this photo, because Holly, the model, is trying to build a basic portfolio for her modeling book.

Here is the "After photo". I will discuss the changes I applied at the bottom.



Here are the following steps I took in processing this shot:

1. I did a basic cleanup of her skin.
2. I blurred out some of her lines and bumps.
3. I realigned her lips and nose.
4. I applied a high pass layer- only to her eyes, brows and details of her shirt.
5. I thinned her neck and realigned her shoulders.
6. I brightened her face and neck.
7. I "multiplied" or darkened the background.
8. Back in lightroom, I added some blacks.

2 comments:

Anisa said...

this is amazing Lavenda. Do you use photoshop, or is light room another program?
I'm so glad you posted this, I did tutorial recently involving high pass and it was horrible, it didn't look natural at all.

lavenda memory said...

Anisa-
there are several levels of the high pass that you can use... I like to use an extreme layer just over the eyes and brows to make them "pop". Otherwise, I use it sparingly.