First 2015 Beauty Session


Process: Antiquity 300 v5.3

After a long hiatus, we’re back in the studio making pictures!  Here are a few variations on one of the picks from our session on February 22, 2015.  First, the credits:

model Megan Radomski
makeup artist Tina McGee
hair stylist Melissa Hendricks.

camera: Nikon D800
lens: AF-S Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
main light: Broncolor grid snoot
exposure: ISO 100 @ 1/125 @ f/9

Megan 17

Process: Basic Beauty

The base image for all the variations is a RAW file, processed in DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite using a custom portrait preset, then exported to Adobe Lightroom 5.  The next steps are in Photoshop CC, using the Anthropics Portrait Pro, Topaz Clarity and Nik Vivenza.

Megan 17

Process: Glamour Punch

This is an intermediate step on the way to the Antiquity 300 process.  In Photoshop CC, the image was cut out and placed on a gradient background.  A custom burning brush was used to darken the neck and shoulder.


Process: Porcelain Skin

Here I used a technique in Scott Kelby’s book, Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop.  I try it on most beauty shots, just to see what it looks like.

Process: HDR Beauty

Using one of the many single image HDR tools on beauty and fashion tools is always interesting, but seldom pretty.  This version works for me.

Megan 17Process: Pink Paint

this is one experiment that doesn’t quite work.  I think it is because the chiaroscuro isn’t balanced.  It is the reason I dropped in the gradient.


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