Summer portrait Ideas: how to use natural light for atmospheric people pictures

Summer portrait Ideas: how to use natural light for atmospheric people pictures

How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 4-6

How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: step 4

04 Lens flare filter
To create the lens flare go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare. Check the 105mm Prime option, push the Brightness up to around 150% and move the centre of the flare to the top-right of the preview window, then click OK. To tone down the effect, change the blending mode of the layer to Lighten, and reduce its opacity to around 40%.

 

How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: step 5

05 Mask the flare
To remove the lightening effect from the model, add a mask to the layer and select the Gradient tool. Set the foreground colour to black, then click the gradient swatch in the Options bar and choose the Foreground to Transparent preset.

How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: step 5

Click just below the model’s chin, and draw a diagonal line up to a little way above and to the right of her head to mask the effect. Add a Colour Balance adjustment layer, and set the Yellow/Blue slider to -10 to warm up the shot a bit more.

 

How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: step 6

06 Reduce the redness
Next we’ll reduce the redness under the model’s eyes. Duplicate the ‘Background’ layer, label it ‘Face’ and zoom in on the eyes. Select the Clone Stamp tool, reduce its opacity to 50% and set the brush size to 10 pixels and the hardness to 50%.

Hold down Alt and click under the eye to sample natural-looking skin tones, then clone these sampled pixels over the red areas, taking care to avoid the lashes.

PAGE 1: Setting up your summer portrait: working with your model
PAGE 2: Shooting your summer portrait: best camera settings and what you need
PAGE 3: How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 1-3
PAGE 4: How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 4-6
PAGE 5: How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 7-9
PAGE 6: How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 10-12

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