Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Little Make-up Can Save Retouching Time

If you are into portraiture, you probably want to spend more time taking portraits than retouching your photographs in the digital darkroom. I sure do. 

Here are some of the easy-to-use, and affordable, make-up products that I use and suggest: 

Super Stay Concealer (comes in different shades): 

Lancome Color ID (comes in different shades):

SuperMatt AntiShine (comes in different shades):

There is another reason to apply make-up: you make the sitter feel good.

By the way, for the above portrait, I did use Adobe Photoshop, too. In fact, I am super excited that this image will be in the Adobe booth at Photoshop World in Orlando, Florida, where I am teaching at the end of the month.

If you want to soften a subject's skin, check out the skin softening filters in Nik Software's Color Efex Pro and in Topaz Lab's Topaz Adjust. Click here for info.

Hey! Use make up and Photoshop, and you are on your way to a beautiful portrait.

Explore the light,

P.S. Thanks to my friend Vered Koshlano for tuning me into make-up.


valeriejardin said...

Wow, I'm impressed! You know more about make up than I do, that's for sure ;-)
The girl with the pearl earring photo IS impressive, it would have saved Vermeer a lot of time!

JillBrazil said...

Smashbox is good. It was especially developed for the studio.

victor said...

Rick, if a woman comes to a portrait session without makeup, but you think she can really use some, how do you broach that subject?? Can be fraught with danger!! :)

Rick Sammon said...

victor.... they come 2 U for advice and a great picture... so they should take your advice. it's part of the process, tell them. everyone can use make up.. even our president wears make-up when he goes on a camera! :-)

newelly said...

great little tip and writeup there rick...goodstuff thanks

victor said...

Thanks, Rick. Do you usually tell them in advance that you would like them to wear makeup when they arrive for the shoot?

Steve Wetzel said...

Great tip Rick, I have no experience using makeup, do you have any tips on how I can learn more?