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How do you get Creamy Skin Tone?

Nita Dyck , May 02, 2007; 02:47 a.m.

How do some wedding photographers get that really creamy skin tone?? I am sure there are a few ways to achieve this but was hoping someone could shed some light on it for me. I have tried with a few Photoshop plug-in but this just seems to make the picture blurry and I like the crispness of the photo to be maintained, as I have seen in some photos.

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Sebastian Dooris , May 02, 2007; 04:01 a.m.

Can you post an example ??

Bob Bernardo - LA area. , May 02, 2007; 04:17 a.m.

Soft filters, Photoshop blur tools, like Gaussian Blur.

Stephen Elliott , May 02, 2007; 06:18 a.m.

Use a shallow depth of field and a fair focal length such as f2.8, 55mm (88mm with 1.6 crop) and just sharpen the eyes in photoshop. A little smoothing, removing of blemishes in Photoshop also helps.

Ronald Moravec , May 02, 2007; 07:35 a.m.

Start with a large light source, not a small spot light on top the camera.

Ryan Buck , May 02, 2007; 07:58 a.m.

Chances are the effect you are talking about is just heavy PS manipulation. None of my clients have skin that is all one color with absolutely no moles or freckles. It looks freakish to me, but if that's the look you are going for, you pretty much can only accomplish it in PS.

Conrad Erb - Philadelphia, PA , May 02, 2007; 08:33 a.m.

really creamy skin is the quadfecta of wedding photography:

high quality, large aperture lenses, beautiful lighting, makeup and (optional) a bit of selective soft focus in photoshop.

I think that the first three are more important than the last one.

Jena Olson - Southeastern Wisconsin , May 02, 2007; 09:06 a.m.

Nita, it'd be really helpful if you could show some examples. I think I know what you're talking about, but my answer would be a longer one so I want to make sure before doing all that typing! :)

Mark Pav , May 02, 2007; 09:24 a.m.

A nice, diffuse light, a good lens and either great makeup or great Photoshop technique (which doesn't involve blurring, by the way).

Todd K. , May 02, 2007; 10:42 a.m.

There are two really easy ways to get great skin tones. Kodak 160NC and Fuji 160S.


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