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

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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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Scott talks about what he will cover in this course and starts setting up the background
Setting up a beauty dish on a boom stand and adding a diffusion sock, plus camera settings
Bringing the subject on to the set and firing off some test shots to check exposure
Shooting with just one light lets you see exactly what that light source is giving you. Use a reflector to soften shadows
Using the tri-light reflector and avoiding highlights
Using Westcott Spiderlites to create an over/under or clamshell setup
Open up Lightroom and sort through the photos from the shoot to choose which ones to work on
After choosing the best of the photos, now it is time to adjust the white balance and darkness levels
Removing blemishes using mostly the clone stamp tool
Removing red lines, whitening, and adding contrast to the eyes of the subject
Add a layer mask and use Gaussian blur to soften skin texture
The liquify brush can be used to manipulate the hair and shoulders and use layer masks and opacity to brush in the changes
After removing ponytail, go back through the whole retouching process one more time, start to finish
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Scott Kelby


Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom...

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