Oily Skin Considerations


Photographing Challenging Features


Lesson Info

Oily Skin Considerations

Oily skin. So pose, camera angle, lens choice, makes no difference, doesn't' matter. What we're paying attention to is lighting, retouch, and other. For oily skin the deal is this, is that oily skin picks up specular highlights. Specular highlights are reflections of the light. That's what it is. It's, if you look at the skin, and you see that little texture, you know, that's reflecting, I don't know, can you see on my head? Like here? The reflections of the light, that's a specular highlight. If someone's wearing a ring and you see a bright highlight, that's a specular highlight. Well, our skin has that as well. But they're a lot more noticeable with somebody that has oily skin. So what I do first and foremost is makeup. Do that first, if you can. Powder makeup, matte makeup, use HD powder, or, are my blotting papers over here (mumbles)? Yep, got it. Or this is what I was talking about with the blotting papers. Maybe I can get one out. Got it, okay? Oh god. Oh, I'm good. I had my make...

up done, so this is good, I feel really good. Literally she powdered me four minutes ago, so I'm cheating here, but anyway, that's all I do. Powder it, rub it across the head for oily skin, it will get rid of it. So that's part of it. Large light sources, diffused. So if you see this, A, makeup. Go over, I don't do it to them, I say here, would you, uh, you're looking a little bit shiny to the camera, do you mind, just blot this on your forehead for me. They'll do that, then I'll say, I've got this powder, it just gets rid of shine, do you mind, you can just put that on. It's not makeup, so it's not gonna show up, don't worry, whatever. Then, take a picture. If it's still there, I go, okay, do I have a softer light source? Can I switch to a softer modifier? If it's still there, I bring it in closer. Bringing it in closer does two things. It makes it softer, but what it does as well, it actually spreads out that highlight, so instead of being like a little reflection here which is really bright, right, you've seen that, that just shine here. When you bring it in, it softens it, but it also spreads it out so it kind of just wraps around and it doesn't look like one big distracting highlight. Uh, let's see, what else? Retouching, using the clone stamp on darken. So you just would see the highlights right here. You clone, but then you're just darkening it down just a little bit. I also will take an empty layer, sample the skin color, paint it over, and then I try a couple different blend modes either the hue or color blend mode. And sometimes what it'll do is, a highlight that is just blown-out white, or has no color to it, it just brings back some of that skin tone so it doesn't look quite as shiny. Just tones it down a bit.

Class Description

Photographers are tasked with flattering every subject that steps in front of their lens. Typically, those subjects are everyday people, not professional models. This can mean working with some challenging features along with varying degrees of confidence. Canon Explorer of Light and well-known fashion photographer Lindsay Adler walks through understanding the face and body as well as the photographic tools available to you make your clients best side shine. These features could range from a pronounced nose, large forehead, glasses, asymmetrical features, or defined wrinkles. In this course Lindsay will walk you through: 

  • How to analyze a face and draw attention to the strengths within it 
  • Posing and lighting techniques for challenging facial features 
  • Posing and lighting techniques for the skin and body 
  • Retouching tips for skin, glasses or discolored teeth 
This course will cover many challenging features and show you how posing, camera angles, lens choice and lighting can work together to help you have confidence in every shoot.


Sharma Shari

This class was amazing! It was great seeing a demo class with real people. As a wedding photographer that specializes in offbeat/non traditional couples, it is always good to see how I can enhance all my clients beautiful features, and make them feel their best and confident when I am taking their photos!

a Creativelive Student

I was so excited to get the chance to learn from Lindsay live, and this course did not disappoint! The techniques she shared were insightful and straightforward. I felt like seeing them on different subjects throughout the day really helped to cement the concepts and grow my photography tools to bring out the best in those I'm photographing. I'm not a studio photographer, but the ideas apply in natural light as well.

Marianela Estrada

More than great, you are awesome teacher, thanks a lot!