Skin, 2nd Edition
The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies
By Lee Varis
Publisher: Wiley / Sybex
Final Release Date: July 2010
Pages: 368

What is the color of skin?

You may think you know, until you try to reproduce what you see. Differences in software, hardware, lighting, calibration—everything has an impact on color. And that's all before you confront the differences between people: young, old, male, female, different ethnicities, wearing makeup or not, wrinkled or tattooed—even their notions about what looks good!

In this new edition of his hot-selling guide, top Hollywood photo-illustrator Lee Varis guides you step by step through the maze. Find out how he lights, captures, color-corrects, and retouches images of people in all their variety—using the very latest Photoshop and Lightroom tools—and discover his secrets to making people look compelling in their own skin.

topics include:

  • Understanding the basics of digital capture and workflow

  • Starting with the right hardware and software settings

  • Developing your digital color "chops"

  • Mastering Rembrandt lighting, natural lighting, and other lighting techniques

  • Overcoming common digital skin problems, such as too much red

  • Composing shots, posing models, and taking formal portraits or candid shots

  • Trimming the fat, lighting up the eyes, and filling in wrinkles

  • Using new blur filters, creating a grunge look, and adding dazzling effects

  • Sharpening, soft proofing, and simulating, so you can print with success

  • Discovering what can and what can't be done in post-process

Learn new camera calibration techniques

Understand lighting for many different effects

Discover color-correction techniques for every type of skin

Learn new special effects like HDR Toning in Photoshop CS5

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