Mu-43 Post Processing Challenge #110 (72 hours) - nice image

robbie36

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Ok we need a few more entrants for this post processing image, so I have post a really nice image for you. The shot is in focus, it is pretty well exposed and the girl is cute. So go for it.

The jpeg and RAW are both in this file

https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUcwTkZ0R0Y5RmFLRmNUQw

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Excited for this one! Great pic Robbie.

LR
Crop to 8x10
Cool down temp
Lightened skin (+ EXP, - Highlights)
Added Shadow
Soften skin
-20 Saturation
+20 Vibrance
Lightened eyes

PS
Added white bg
removed skin blemishes
removed unwanted strands of hair
Added shadows again

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Final BW Adj in Topaz Labs
View attachment 373742
 

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As usual for me all done in Aperture and Aperture only

a lot of repair/cloning,mainly to remove blemishes/ stray hairs and second highlight in the eyes. Hair removal on the right side could have done with a little more attention
A light touch with the skin smoothing brush.
Some dodging to the eyes and the hair.
Some tweaking of light and dark points for each of the RGB curves

This is not my area of expertise by any shot so i would be interested in comments from those more experienced


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Nice photo and nice model indeed. I went slightly overboard and did a full frequency separated retouch in Photoshop. No filters/add-ons/tricks, but the full manual painterly job.

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For a nice intro on frequency separation, see e.g.http://www.fx-ray.com/tutorials/skinretouching/?no.

And to give you an idea of the detail preserved by doing this while still removing all blemishes, this is a 100% crop:

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And now I want a Nocticron even more...
 

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Nice photo and nice model indeed. I went slightly overboard and did a full frequency separated retouch in Photoshop. No filters/add-ons/tricks, but the full manual painterly job.

For a nice intro on frequency separation, see e.g.http://www.fx-ray.com/tutorials/skinretouching/?no.

And to give you an idea of the detail preserved by doing this while still removing all blemishes, this is a 100% crop:

And now I want a Nocticron even more...
Interesting comments.

I have watched that video at least 6 times although it is a while back. I use the action he gives away on all my retouching. However, I generally only use the 'high frequency' layer to retouch blemishes. I then generally use a plugin 'portraiture' which is also based on frequency separation to adjust the 'low frequency' layer. This is far quicker and requires far less skill if you ask me.

And you are right about the Nocticron. I bought it to shoot at f1.2 but stopped down it resolves incredible detail.
 

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I have watched that video at least 6 times although it is a while back. I use the action he gives away on all my retouching. However, I generally only use the 'high frequency' layer to retouch blemishes. I then generally use a plugin 'portraiture' which is also based on frequency separation to adjust the 'low frequency' layer. This is far quicker and requires far less skill if you ask me.
I used to do all my portrait retouching based on techniques from the book by Katrin Eismann. Frequency separation is not in there, and I have trained myself in getting the job done without it (and gettiing pretty fast at it). Only a few months ago I learned about it and it is very powerful in the sense that the risk that you screw up the texture while correcting for color or shading is eliminated. I have always hesitated to try software like "portrait professional" because of the over the top advertising and my fear of losing control over the result. I don't know "portraiture". How does it handle the boundary between skin and hair?

And you are right about the Nocticron. I bought it to shoot at f1.2 but stopped down it resolves incredible detail.
I have the PL45, mainly for the macro capability (underrated imho, this is the only macro lens on almost any system I know of, that has negligible longitudinal CA). It is very much OK for portraiture, but the Nocticron is in a special diffraction limited apochromatic universe. On top of that, it it is supposed to be a killer combination for focusing speed with the GH4 as well (on order).
 

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I have always hesitated to try software like "portrait professional" because of the over the top advertising and my fear of losing control over the result. I don't know "portraiture". How does it handle the boundary between skin and hair?
'Portrait professional' is an abomination of course. Portraiture is a really great bit of software although you need to own photoshop to get the best out of it (so you can control the opacity of the layer). It will save you a bunch of time. As it is based on frequency separation it separates detail from tone and gives you control over both. So in effect you can do whatever you like with a hair on someones face. But really you should download a 30 day trial and test it. But be warned it is US$200.
 

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I used to do all my portrait retouching based on techniques from the book by Katrin Eismann. Frequency separation is not in there, and I have trained myself in getting the job done without it (and gettiing pretty fast at it). Only a few months ago I learned about it and it is very powerful in the sense that the risk that you screw up the texture while correcting for color or shading is eliminated. I have always hesitated to try software like "portrait professional" because of the over the top advertising and my fear of losing control over the result. I don't know "portraiture". How does it handle the boundary between skin and hair?


I have the PL45, mainly for the macro capability (underrated imho, this is the only macro lens on almost any system I know of, that has negligible longitudinal CA). It is very much OK for portraiture, but the Nocticron is in a special diffraction limited apochromatic universe. On top of that, it it is supposed to be a killer combination for focusing speed with the GH4 as well (on order).
You should try Portrait "Professional" just for grins. It is disturbing what it can do to a face. Horror movies aren't as bad that... thing, it creates. Imogenomics Portraiture is an amazing product, not quite worth the $200 imo, but it is quite tempting at times.
 

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Imported into Olympus viewer 3 and selected I-enhance and exported it as a tiff file.
Import the tiff file into LR4
Cropped to 4/3 portrait format.
+ exposure,
- contrast, highlights, whites, blacks and clarity
Enhance the irises with the graduation tool and cloned some imperfections.

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colour by Darren Bonner, on Flickr

After saving the colour version, I selected b&w in LR4.
+ whites
- blacks even further
added a small amount of split toning.

View attachment 373979b&w by Darren Bonner, on Flickr
 

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Sorry to be a bit late in judging this one - I am travelling at the moment. Tapping away on an iPad.

I thought all the entries were pretty good. No one decimated her. I did think 3 of the entries were excellent and could have picked any one of them as a winner. But...

3rd. Kevin Paris. Liked the second catchlight removal (even though I deliberately put it in when I shot it.
2nd Conrad. Good job on the frequency separation
Winner. Esneft

Thanks to all those who took part. Good to see a couple of new faces.
 

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