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Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies Paperback – 31 Oct 2006
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A Hollywood photoillustrator with 30 years of experience, Varis has been published in National Geographic, Newsweek, and Fortune magazines. 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. ( Library Journal, March 15, 2007)
From the Back Cover
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.
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
If some readers are unaware, the book formed the basis of a similarly named on-line course which originally was held live over three days, I believe in 2009 or 2010, and of a daily duration approaching 6 hours. The course is now being sold but the book is a much less expensive and more easily referenced alternative. The on-line version uses many of the illustrations from the book.
I had seen part of that course some time ago and it was my introduction to Lee Varis. His is not a name I can readily associate with a specific photograph, magazine article or any other book that he may have written (if any) and the book is written in much the same way as he conducted the course - almost as a conversation between him and the reader (a small group on the course). Some may find that style friendly and amenable; others may dislike it for the same reasons.
Its coverage is very comprehensive and includes information on the use of exposure meters which will be difficult to find anywhere else.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It may be my mistake, but when I purchased this book I thought it was a textbook for advanced photo editing (something like the books by Katrin Eismann) specialized for the skin. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2014 by Emanuele Merlo
Having read quite a few books and articles on how to improve the appearance of skin, this book describes some new approaches that work well, but equally describes some very... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2008 by Andrew Beach
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