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Making skin tones pop in your photography work

Whether you are a notice shutterbug or an experienced photographer, you have probably noticed that sometimes it can be a bit difficult to get the skin tone and coloration of a subject just right. This can often be the case with those who have a naturally fair skin tone. So, how do you handle making the skin color “pop” if you will? Well, here are three¬†simple and highly effective tips that can make a major impact on any images you take.

skin

1. Bump up the saturation

Find the saturation tool on your photo editor and slowly move the slider or number higher. Be careful not to go too far because the image can start to look unnatural.

2. Burn the dodge/burn tool

To darken light skin a bit, use the burn option starting out on a fairly low opacity, maybe 25% or so. You can increase the number if needed.

3. Add a warming filter

Adding a warming (probably orange-ish) style filter can add that sort of sun kissed vibe to a subject’s skin.

Bonus idea 

Using your program’s exposure tools, if there is an option to do so, increase the Gamma Correction slightly.

Taking one or more of these steps can really make a big difference in the quality of your photography.

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The Beauty of the Monolight

In the art of photography, we are generally told that the more light, the better.

So, often in a a studio setup or indoor shoot, photographers tend to use a lot of lighting equipment and try to balance things out from different angles. That being the case, one of the most overlooked and under appreciated lighting setups in the use of a single light source.

In a recent shoot with a beautiful young model by the name of Brittany Jordan, I did some experimentation with a monolight and really liked how things turned out. To see more of my work, check out my artistic photography website.

Brittany model

Brittany in spot color

 

Brittany Jordan

 

Light and sky imagery shot with mobile phone

When I make plans to shoot artistic photos of skies, landscapes and architecture, I get out my professional-grade DSLR. However, there are times when a beautiful shot presents itself and you just don’t have the big gun handy. So, you can either miss the shot or make do with what you have. And what many of us have these days are mobile phones with workable cameras.

Here are a few pictures I thought I’d share that feature some amazing skies, a very cool rainbow and some stylish lights inside one of Pittsburgh’s largest entertainment venues. I hope you like them.

pastel sky

sun going down

purple sky

bright sun

Point State Park rainbow

colored lights

blue light

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