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Portrait

Antonio Correia

Well-known member
I shot this man a couple of months ago and now while reviewing some shots I have worked on this one.

He was inside a mill where we bought flour to make our own bread
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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Excellent!

I recommend a long but worthwhile 2 hours with Amy Dresser retouching a portrait in many, many small changes, often with slight alterations in luminance or saturation of one color until the portrait character has fully developed!

Everything is so simple but done according to judging carefully what needs adjustment. So one has to look carefully for what is flat, poorly defined or the wrong hue or shade!


 

Antonio Correia

Well-known member
Thank you for the link, Asher !
The last work I have done on the portrait was a just a very small adjustments in shadows and highlights using yellow and orange.
This combination made the portrait pop just a small bit but more peasant, for me !
Thank you for commenting, Asher ! :)

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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
This is a wonderful advance for our editing of portraits.

The special value of Amy’s approach is a very large number of small changes.

The benefit of being patient and following her for the entire program is that we get to start to think as she does.

She is a detective who recognizes slight marks of character, and knowing facial anatomy and shadows is able to bring out character as I have never seen before!

It’s color grading on a much higher level together with sculptural carving!

….and brave experimenting!

Asher
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Antonio,

I am now looking at my best work and ask myself about the corrections we might “need” to do today.

I really believe color grading, which was always part of painting with oils, should have been part of our training!

Unfortunately, it was missing from B&W photography, the curriculum of the 20th Century portrait photographer!

We should have studied oils and film first!

Asher
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Yes! I was so concerned with B&W by such as Ans Adams and working with my father in law in his darkroom, that color was a foreign world!

Asher
 
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