Challenge 49. Beyond Perfect: Porcelain Skin


One of the hallmarks of fashion photography is perfection. Everything is perfect, and sometimes even “too perfect” so that it becomes surreal. The clothes are perfect, the hair is perfect, the light is perfect, the model is perfect, and the scene is impossibly flawless. Extreme perfection is often a statement or artistic goal.

In this challenge, you will give your subject flawless white skin. Make the effect subtle, and the subject appears to have pale and pure skin. Make the effect more extreme, and your subject may look like a cyborg or human-size porcelain doll.


Many photographers frequently ask how I achieve that “porcelain skin” look in many of my fashion and beauty ...

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