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    Close-up portrait photography: how to shoot unusual portraits in stunning detail

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 11/07/2013 00:01am
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    Close-up portrait photography: getting accurate flesh tones

    Close-up portrait photography: getting accurate flesh tones

    Accurate flesh tones can be a huge problem when photographing skin, because white balance tends to fail badly in certain kinds of light.

    The left half of the example image shows default Tungsten white balance for a close-up of the inside of a hand. No healthy person is this shade of yellow.

    The right-hand side shows colour fine-tuned close to reality. To achieve the correct shade, saturation had to be turned down to –40 in the Raw Converter and some extra red had to be added with the Tint setting.

    It’s accurate, but slightly cold. In photography, it’s traditional to warm skin tones slightly. This isn’t very realistic, but it’s subtly flattering. In general, flesh tones are open to artistic interpretation.

    White balance by hand for colours that look natural and believable, but don’t aim for literal accuracy.

    PAGE 1 – Close-up portrait photography: capturing colour and detail
    PAGE 2 – Close-up portrait photography: Getting accurate flesh tones
    PAGE 3 – Close-up portrait photography: capturing textures
    PAGE 4 – Close-up portrait photography: how to compose faces
    PAGE 5 – Close-up portrait photography: using light and shadow
    PAGE 6 – Close-up portrait photography: using props

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    Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.

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