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Nude Male Retouching

Lesson 29 from: The Portrait Lighting Challenge: Natural vs Studio

Sue Bryce, Felix Kunze

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29. Nude Male Retouching

Lesson Info

Nude Male Retouching

all right lift we have a natural eye image right we have us drive everything I'm going to do is clean up the skin I decided to keep this image into a beautiful dark color because we saved the other staining image off him him look quite so let's try and find a beautiful color tone and makes these images together uh we want to keep his times nice and strong I need just removing any little distractions but without smoothing them out like we would girls face because we want at masculinity that's quite enough I'm just going to come around here I'm going to do this um look that scott van just take a little weed by fight that their obvious and that's enough now we've obviously got more shadow in the strobe image than we've got in the natural light image uh got a nice highlight in the natural light image and it's definitely softer on the stroke but I like both uh so let's go and find a tone that we like I'm going to go here my go to straight away is going to be a polaroid I'm going to go to pa...

lloyd because I liked the doctor got sear images are really strong um he looks bronzed and beautiful there that was my go to in the last image before I went to black white I love that I like that too well so that was in paul I'd yellowed six six nine um to me it is jumping on the highlights up there's another couple of choices here that's grey nia that's more magenta cast that one is slight blue we don't that a ll that's beautiful but what I'm gonna do is just have a look I won't go to fading but I do want to try color first I just want to try was that looked like if I put him into the girl's filter which is the fade all leave strong raids no because it looks like he's wearing lipstick and then my other go to is the noonday sun so I quite like that that really is just adding such a beautiful contrast I feel my strongest one wass in polaroid and I feel like it was that yellow there so I I am going to apply that uh I like it as you see this field to come on you'll see the strength in this um I'm going to drop back why o pe city to about seventy even maybe sixty and then I'm going to apply the same filter to this tribe image we've definitely got more background on the strobe image on the right uh there we do on the left we'll take that down to sixty and see how it looks I think it can go down a little bit more on the stroke image than on the right I like both of those images they do not need a lot more um I wouldn't overdo them um I'm going to take a little bit more of that layer off you know I want it to be subtle I wanted to be good I don't want it to look only down or overly filtered so I'm gonna leave it like this

Class Materials

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Lighting Challenge Workshop Guide Part 1
Lighting Challenge Workshop Guide Part 2
Sue Bryce & Felix Kunze - Gear Guide
The Lighting Challenge Syllabus

Ratings and Reviews

Aliah Husain

I loved this course! I purchased it as a beginner photographer, unsure of whether to shoot natural or studio light and how to get the best results. After watching the course, I am fully confident in my ability to use both natural and studio lighting in my photography. And most importantly, I feel I have the knowledge base to be able to experiment with lighting in any situation. I am both grateful and inspired by these two amazing teachers sharing their technical knowledge and a personal piece of themselves. It is clear that they genuinely care about making their students better photographers. Thank you, Sue and Felix!!!


This is the best lighting class I've done, including several in-person ones. Covers so much, and the contrast between and dialogue about the two styles (natural vs studio) was so helpful. I didn't think there was anything at all negative about how Sue spoke with Felix, which a few reviewers said. Clearly she has great respect for him, which she sincerely says at one point, and explains why. Wonderful to see specifically how they both shape light. So many topics are covered. Loved Felix's clear and specific explanations about studio lighting. This class is worth every penny.

Wasabi Ben Kenobi

This was a fantastic introduction to studio lighting, and one of the best courses I've watched on Creative Live. I've only ever done natural light photos, but I want to learn more about studio lights because I'm creating a basement studio. I'm already a big fan of Sue's approach to portraiture. Now I'm a fan of Felix's soft lighting approach, too. In this course, he demonstrates how to replicate natural light portraits with a simple lighting setup. With a big scrim, a strobe or constant lamp, and v-flats, you can do so much! I'll be watching this course again.

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