Portraits are not necessarily new territory for anyone who has used a camera, but taking good portraits is new to me! It is really fun playing around with portrait composition and balancing candid and posed shots. I found that if you pose someone and then they do something on their own to vary the pose, your collaboration creates some of the best photographs. That happened in the Individual – Head and Shoulders portrait as well as the Group Posed Portrait.
There are some pretty neat photo enhancements available to us through Photoshop. The first photo is a blemish removal enhancement. I had to create two image layer copies to edit colour and detail independently. This allowed me to edit out freckles and even skin tones on her face in a more controlled way.
Colour matching allowed me to take the cooler image and warm it up in the same way the source photo was. The automatic application of the lighting match was off so I had to adjust the sliders to take some of the light out so the she wasn’t over-exposed.
Changing the colour of an item of clothing is really neat! I never knew I could do this so easily in photoshop. This is a great tool to help an outfit go a little better together or become more interesting. It was fun to find a colour she was already wearing to change the colour of her cardigan.