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October 06, 2013

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Hi!

Really enjoy your blog. :)

I think I would have tried a clone brush set to darken to partially remove the specular highlights of the blemishes on the forehead and nose; and the same clone brush set to lighten for a darkish patch on the subject's left forehead. I think these blemishes are aggravated by the lighting/post processes and deserve to be minimized?

Also, I am intrigued by the use of negative clarity for landscapes and portraiture. I am a huge fan of its use, especially for B&W portraits, finding that the results it achieves can be miraculous, especially for the very small amount of time it takes in post. It reduces blemishes and lines, and simultaneously adds a very subtle glow.

I daresay that perceptual biologists could have a field day figuring out the cognitive manipulations going on with this effect. I know I have to take a moment and look away from the screen for a while to be able to analyze whether the slider change I just used was too little, too much, or just right! The immediate perception is whoa! that is way too much. But coming back to the corrected image, often I find that the effect is just fine, or even needs more. Do you like it as much as I?

Thanks for the great post. I have been helping with a middle school photography club for the past three years and in the club we always do a couple of sessions on portraits (kids love to take pictures of their friends!). These are useful tips for both myself and the kids in the photo club.

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