How to Get The Perfect Skin Tones in Photography

How to Get The Perfect Skin Tones in Photography


Alright, Eric was asking about editing
skin tones, how do you get really good skin tones? There seems to be too much
red or too much yellow in the skin. I’m colorblind and this was like a big thing
for me for a long time like I I don’t even know if I’m really getting like
true-to-life skin tones but I don’t really care cuz
it’s not my style. Uh, but I bought a gray card and I got the
ColorChecker Passport. Alright, this little guy right here fits
in my camera bag it’s like the size of a deck of cards. And if you open one side, it has a neutral gray card, I know like my my computer camera here isn’t great
so it probably just looks white to you. Um, but it’s an 18% gray card, which is awesome because
you can hold this up in front of your subject and take a photo and then use this to sample
your white balance in post-production. And then you can get good uh, good natural skin tones and then if you open it up the other way and I’ll
let me do that on camera. So, over here and then if you flip it open the other
way, you have all these colors, so if you take a picture, um, a close-up of the color
palette in whatever your key light, uh, temperature is there’s a program that
comes with this thing and it’ll make a color profile based on that shoot. Then all of the photos you took during that shoot, in the same light that you took
this photo with, will be perfectly colorized because it knows what what every one of these
squares is supposed to be and it will adjust all of your colors to
make it true to life. so if you’re shooting fashion,
products, things that have to be to color, or getting your white balance down is really really
helpful, but this is gonna get you all there. It also has this like
gradient thing down here, these ten, uh, gray boxes boxes that are like warmer and cooler so you can just choose how cool or how warm you want to make your white balance
based on the pictures, so if you know that you always like them in the fourth box over and that’s your consistent style you can like save this profile and a batch apply it to all of your photos. So, this thing is really helpful
it’s like a hundred bucks, uh, I really only used it for headshots for you know if I’m in the shade balancing different light sources things like that. If you just have a gray card
that’s cool too they’re like eight bucks online. Don’t just go buy a gray piece of paper or something, get an actual neutral gray
card. Oh, let me jump back to that real quick, as far as the color tones go so if
you’ve already done the photos, look for something in the photo that you know
what it’s supposed to be like, a white shirt or a white something play with
your colors until it looks white and it doesn’t have like a magenta or a yellow
cast to it that’s that’s a good way to balance those. I always err on the side
of making skin tones a little bit warmer because when people are on the cooler
side, like with more blues and cool tones they tend to look dead. But if we want all of our
subjects to look like they’re alive still, it’s better to usually go on
the warmer side as far as the color, the white balance goes. Thanks for tuning in! Don’t forget to hit subscribe down below so you never miss an episode, and be sure
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