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How to Photograph and Flatter Skin Tones

with Lindsay Adler

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    01:51
  •   03 Mixed Lighting

    04:06

Class duration: 1h 26m

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About The Class

Capture great skin in-camera

Skin is one of the most important things to flatter in your portraits and there are so many elements to consider! In this course Lindsay Adler will cover the most important ways she ensures that she flatters her subject's skin. She'll walk through every consideration leading up to your shoot from modifier choice, position of the light, white balance, color contamination, makeup, and more. Learn how to capture great skin in-camera so you can save time in your post-processing.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    01:51
  2. 02

    White Balance

    08:07
  3. 03

    Mixed Lighting

    04:06
  4. 04

    Color Contamination

    12:33
  5. 05

    Camera Files & Settings

    05:09
  6. 06

    Color Management

    07:04
  7. 07

    Exposure

    05:00
  8. 08

    Quality of Light

    07:36
  9. 09

    Direction of Light

    03:29
  10. 10

    Makeup

    04:28
  11. 11

    Retouching

    03:19
  12. 12

    Shoot: Fair Skin, Female Model

    02:01
  13. 13

    Shoot: Dark Skin Tone, Male Model

    09:49
  14. 14

    Shoot: Senior Fair Skin, Male Model

    05:24
  15. 15

    Simple Retouching Techniques for Skin

    06:55

Meet Your Expert

Lindsay Adler

Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer, educator, and Canon Explorer of Light. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications including Marie Claire, Elle, InStyle, Noise, Essence, Zink Magazine, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer and dozens more. As a photographic educator, she is one of the most sought after speakers internationally, teaching on the industry's largest platforms and most prestigious events.  ... read more

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  • Amy Vaughn

    Amy Vaughn

    October 2017

    The topic is too big to cover all the solutions in depth in such a short amount of time, but this seems like a great overview for beginners to understand the range of problems with making skin look good in photos. Lindsay does a great job of making her class topics easy to understand.

  • Danielle

    January 2018

    Great primer on skin tones, lighting, and considerations for different types of skin. One of the few teachers that discusses dark skin tones!

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