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Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies

Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies
Author: Lee Varis
ISBN 13: 9780470592120
ISBN 10: 470592125
Edition: 2
Publisher: Sybex
Publication Date: 2010-08-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $39.99

What is the color of skin?

A practical guide to photographing people in the digital age

It's one thing to snap someone's picture. It's another thing entirely to capture the essence that made you reach for your camera in the first place. Now a top Hollywood pro shares his secrets for the digital capture of human skin in all its variety: young, old, male, female, different skin tones and ethnicities, with makeup or without—even tattooed skin!

Using step-by-step tutorials and stunning full-color examples, industry expert Lee Varis teaches it all: the basics of digital imaging, essential tricks to shooting indoors and out, how to light your subjects in any pose, and much more. Above all, you'll find out why the color of skin that's best for final output is almost always a departure from reality.

Topics include:

  • Starting with the right hardware and software settings

  • Developing your digital color "chops"

  • Mastering Rembrandt lighting and other basic techniques

  • Overcoming common digital skin problems, such as too much red

  • Adjusting skin tones to withstand nearby colors like green grass

  • Faking tattoos and photographing the real thing

  • Trimming the fat, lighting up the eyes, and filling in wrinkles

  • Adding soft focus, retouching, and other advanced Photoshop® techniques

  • Discovering what can and what can't be done in post-process

Follow the tutorials in the book with numerous before-and-after sample image files on the companion CD. You'll also find technical reference materials to enhance and reinforce your learning.

  • Know how to soften wrinkles and change shapes—and when not to!

  • Beautifully color-balance every skin tone

  • Brilliantly light any number of subjects in any location

Daniel Lombardo - Library Journal

A Hollywood photoillustrator with 30 years of experience, Varis has been published in National Geographic, Newsweek, and Fortunemagazines. Far from a manual on fashion or nude photography, this is a comprehensive tutorial on how to photograph all types of people: young, old, and dozens of ethnic varieties. Varis supplements the book with a CD of numerous before-and-after sample image files and technical reference materials. He begins with a discussion of the right hardware and software and how to configure them, then teaches digital color management and lighting techniques as they apply to portraiture. He also provides in-depth chapters on retouching and special effects, including such techniques as skin smoothing, beauty retouching, screen diffusion, and depth of field effects. Highly recommended for serious students.