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Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies by Lee Varis

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The Color of Skin

Most people will say they want “accurate” color, but what they prefer (and what clients buy) is “pretty” color—not wild surrealism, but usually some departure from reality. This is where color control becomes important. This chapter examines color in detail starting with a basic technical foundation, moving through basic color controls, and ending up with detailed step-by-step instructions for adjusting color.

Chapter Contents

White Points, Black Points, and Places In-Between

Zone System: Contrast and Tone

Neutral Color: Using Balanced Numbers

White/Black Point Correction

The Family of Man: Cultural and Psychological Issues

White Points, Black Points, and Places In-Between

By far, the biggest problem that digital photographers ...

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