Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it, Part 2: Beauty Head Shots, with Scott Kelby

In part two of this series, Scott takes you from studio set up and shoot, to Lightroom and Photoshop to create a softer, more feminine, beauty head shot.

Scott Kelby returns for a second installment of his most comprehensive Photo to Photoshop workflow class yet. In part two of this series, Scott takes you from studio set up and shoot, to Lightroom and Photoshop to create a softer, more feminine, beauty head shot.

(View Part 1 here)

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Getting Started with the Background (Duration 03:55)

Scott talks about what he will cover in this course and starts setting up the background

Lesson 2: Main Light and Camera Settings (Duration 06:52)

Setting up a beauty dish on a boom stand and adding a diffusion sock, plus camera settings

Lesson 3: Model and Test Shots (Duration 05:25)

Bringing the subject on to the set and firing off some test shots to check exposure

Lesson 4: Isolating Each Light and Adding a Reflector (Duration 06:42)

Shooting with just one light lets you see exactly what that light source is giving you. Use a reflector to soften shadows

Lesson 5: Tri-Light Reflector (Duration 05:40)

Using the tri-light reflector and avoiding highlights

Lesson 6: New Lighting Setup (Duration 09:25)

Using Westcott Spiderlites to create an over/under or clamshell setup

Lesson 7: Select Files for Retouching (Duration 09:10)

Open up Lightroom and sort through the photos from the shoot to choose which ones to work on

Lesson 8: Lightroom Develop Module (Duration 06:17)

After choosing the best of the photos, now it is time to adjust the white balance and darkness levels

Lesson 9: Retouching Skin in Photoshop (Duration 14:13)

Removing blemishes using mostly the clone stamp tool

Lesson 10: Retouching Eyes in Photoshop (Duration 08:31)

Removing red lines, whitening, and adding contrast to the eyes of the subject

Lesson 11: Skin Softening in Photoshop (Duration 06:52)

Add a layer mask and use Gaussian blur to soften skin texture

Lesson 12: Fixing the Hair and Shoulders (Duration 12:32)

The liquify brush can be used to manipulate the hair and shoulders and use layer masks and opacity to brush in the changes

Lesson 13: Final Images (Duration 16:43)

After removing ponytail, go back through the whole retouching process one more time, start to finish

Meet Your Instructor: Scott Kelby

Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, training director and instructor for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour, President National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), CEO of Kelby Media Group, author…

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