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
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.
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.
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.