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    Lightroom Classic: Smooth Skin in Black & White Photos With Red & Orange Filters

    – Hey, fellow photographer, how is it going? I’m Michael Zelbel. Today I would like to show you how you use color filters in Adobe Lightroom Classic to your advantage when converting your color portraits to black and white portraits. I’m specifically talking about black and white high key portraits, which are really bright, with really bright, white skin tones. So, the background for this is that we talked about color filters in our Facebook group, and then a while ago I showed you how to use color filters in Photoshop. And of course, I got the questions, “yes, Lightroom walkthrough, please”, “of course, I only use Lightroom”, “Lightroom please,…

  • Color film was built for white people. Here’s what it did to dark skin.
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    Color film was built for white people. Here’s what it did to dark skin.

    This is a Shirley card. And if you developed color film between the 1940s and the 1990s the accuracy of the colors in your photos was largely based on this skin-tone. Shirley was probably the the name of the first person who was pictured on the cards. And Shirley became the subsequent name of the all of the people pictured on the cards. That’s Lorna Roth, a professor and researcher at Concordia University in Montreal. She’s been studying race, representation, and technology for well over 20 years. Usually they were very white women who wore very colorful dresses. Color film works like this. There are layers of chemicals stacked on…

  • Photoshop Tutorial: How to Retouch Skin Flawlessly with Frequency Separation
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    Photoshop Tutorial: How to Retouch Skin Flawlessly with Frequency Separation

    Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how an effective technique for retouching skin that retains the skin’s texture, while it removes skin blotches and imperfections. This technique is called, “Frequency Separation”. Before we begin, if you enjoy my tutorials, show your support by becoming a patron to Blue Lightning TV. Go to patreon.com/bluelightningtv (all one word) or simply click the link in this video’s description, which is below the title of this video. Thanks! Open a photo of a face that you’d like to retouch. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. The first step is to make 2 copies of the photo by…

  • The beauty of human skin in every color | Angélica Dass
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    The beauty of human skin in every color | Angélica Dass

    It has been 128 years since the last country in the world abolished slavery and 53 years since Martin Luther King pronounced his “I Have A Dream” speech. But we still live in a world where the color of our skin not only gives a first impression, but a lasting one that remains. I was born in a family full of colors. My father is the son of a maid from whom he inherited an intense dark chocolate tone. He was adopted by those who I know as my grandparents. The matriarch, my grandma, has a porcelain skin and cotton-like hair. My grandpa was somewhere between a vanilla and strawberry…

  • Photoshop | Retouching Skin with Dodging and Burning
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    Photoshop | Retouching Skin with Dodging and Burning

    Hi, everyone. My name is Zoe noble, and I’m a professional photographer and retoucher in today’s video I’ll be showing you how I use dodging and burning to retouch skin This is one of the most important techniques to learn as a retoucher because it can have such an immense effect on your image without destroying any pixels Here is the image after all my retouching has been done Here is the folder with the dodging and burning inside Let me toggle this off so you can see just how much this has helped the image Okay, so we have a lot to get through so let’s get started So…