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Photographing Challenging Features

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Retouching: Round Face

Lindsay Adler

Photographing Challenging Features

Lindsay Adler

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37. Retouching: Round Face

Lesson Info

Retouching: Round Face

So we did a lot in camera to narrow her face, to create more pleasing lighting, we put the hair in the way of the face. There's a couple things that I would do to pop this up a little bit, not talking about retouching the skin, that's separate, but talking about face shape. One of the things I do often with people with rounder faces is I said that I kinda pull in at the cheek bones. So if you look here, this kinda pops out just a little bit. I would smooth out that line, just a little bit with Liquefy. So we already looked at Liquefy, Filter, Liquefy, and the tool I would use is the Forward Warp tool on the top left hand corner, and then all I would do is pull it in a little, and it's gonna make her face look narrower, it's gonna look a little bit more slender, but it's not changing what she looks like. I could do the same thing too where if I just pull the hair in just a little more, and for somebody who has a softer jaw line I could just sharpen it a little bit, like I'm talking real...

ly little. So take a look, it's making her face look a little less round, a little more angular. But the reason I actually wanted to retouch this photo was to talk a little about contouring, just a little bit. I wanna give her a little bit more definition, and already, if you compare to the first shot, the first shot was really flat, her face was really round, this is vastly improved, but I want to make the highlights on her cheek bones a little higher, the shadows underneath a little darker. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to grab two adjustment layers, I'm making them myself. One is going to be a curve that lightens things up, one's going to be a curve that darkens things down. You can do it by hand and just go in a lighten it up, or if you want some kind of consistency, if you go to the preset I could just hit Lighter and it gives me a preset to lighten it up. But I don't wanna apply this yet, I wanna paint it on selectively, so hit Command, I, hides it. So this is my lighter, and then I'm gonna go do the exact same thing, so halfmoon cookie, curves, my preset to Darker, and then Command, I. So what I've got is I've got one that makes it lighter, one that makes it darker, and then I can go in and paint these selectively. So for her I just wanna make her cheekbones pop a little bit more, and I would follow what's already there. If you look, she already has highlights on her cheeks, I just want a little bit more. So for lighter, I'm gonna go paint it on, and if you wanna know what I'm doing or where to paint these things, search makeup contouring in Google. Google Images will show you where you're supposed to put lighter and darker highlights when you do your makeup. Take that, but instead of makeup you're doing lighter and darker highlights, but in Photoshop, it's the same thing. I'm going to just paint a little bit lighter on the top of her cheekbones and then you also a little bit under the eyes, top of the cheekbones here, and I would definitely lighten up underneath her eyes in retouching. Let's lighten on her chin a little bit more, the center of her face, where I'm doing this is when you search makeup contouring, you see this. It's on the cheekbones and underneath the eyes are lighter. Lighter in the center of the forehead, down the nose, and on the chin. Darker is underneath the cheekbones, if they have a big forehead you darken around the edge of the forehead, you also can darken right on the jawline to make it more defined. Right now I'm gonna switch over to darker, just darken underneath the cheekbone there. Same thing that you would do with makeup, but we're doing it with retouching. So I didn't go too heavy on this, but let me just show you real quick what it did. It kinda popped out her features a little bit. I'm looking at it and I think that it could be blended better. It's like if you did your makeup and you didn't blend it, it's more obvious, but what's great is I can blur the masks that I just created. I don't actually have to blur the whole photo. So I can take this same thing and then go to Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur, and then see when it looks like I've better blended my makeup. So this is the lighter layer, let's see.... K, let's try that, and I can go back and do it a million times if I need. So for her with this, it kinda did, so I'm giving her a bit more definition, a little bit more angular features. If you're doing this in Lightroom would you use the adjustment tool with exposure change for a light and dark and then de-clarify to soften? Ya, sure, good question. Let's say you're doing this same effect here in Lightroom, you'd go over to your localized adjustments brush, which is above your basic panel on the right hand side. Grab that, but you don't need to do the clarity thing, because what happens is if you do that it actually will soften the skin, so that's not what you're changing, but if you go down to the bottom of it you can change the feather, and the the feathering is going to soften the edge of that. So I'm going to feather it 100%, let's see, change my size, and then you can try some where you lighten it just with exposure just a bit, or you could also try it where you're popping just the highlights a little bit, try both ways. You do have more control when you do it in Photoshop, but you can do some of the things here. So just lighten it a bit, lightened a bit here, lighten a bit here, and then you can do the same thing, do another one for darken. Do you ever use any other types of software other than Photoshop and Lightroom like ON1 or what's the other one, Portrait Pro or something like that? I don't use those for retouching, I'll do them for creative effects to help me out with maybe some color grading or ideas like that. I have used Imagenomic Portraiture before, not on its own. When I do frequency separation at the point where I am blending the low-layer, if it makes no sense to you it's because you haven't done frequency separation. So the answer is not for retouching.

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.

maria manolaros

Great class! Impressive amount of tips on posing, lighting and photoshop techniques , a real good no nonsense approach by superb teacher. Numerous amounts of thumbs ups