It is nearly impossible to eliminate all shadowing in a photograph.
As a general rule of thumb, especially when shooting portrait photos, soft shadows are acceptable and can enhance an image while harder shadows tend to have a negative effect. This is typically the case, but not always.
Take for example the images below:
The first is a sample of a photo with harsh shadows and the second is one with a softer shadowing effect.
However, in some cases a unique use of dark shadows can add for a wonderful aesthetic fell.
See the following images for as examples:
The first is an amazing shot by a talented photography names Hannah Wessman. The second is a shot I took which is published in my second or two poetry books along with one of my poems.
What lesson can we take from this? While there are rules in photography as in any art form, sometimes they can be bent or even broken and produce an amazing finished product.
When working with portraits or any type of photos with close-ups on people’s faces, you will very likely run into the dreaded bags under the eyes issue.
The truth is, no matter what our age may be or how beautiful a person we might be, bags under the eyes are pretty much a natural coinsurance for just about everyone, at least from time to time.
So, I offer you two simple ways to get rid of these unsightly sacks once and for all, at least in your photos anyway.
Before and After
What you’ll need:
Photoshop or any photo editing application that has the tools specified below.
Method 1 – Cloning
Take a small selection form around the eye are and clone it using the clone stamp tool or equivalent. Then proceed to fill in the dark, baggy area with the cloned colors. This works well with people of any skin tone or ethnicity.
Method 2 – Dodge
While this method isn’t generally effective with those who have darker skin tones, it works great for those with lighter ones. Use the dodge tool (or again an equivalent) to cover over the dark, baggy areas. Be sure to set the tool’s exposure to a fairly low percentage so as to avoid the area turning out to white.
There you go, no more bags, at least not in your images.