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Mikki Cowles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2004
 

Consistent skin tones


I am looking for suggestions for making consistent prints with the color on one the same as the color on all the rest, such as a series for a graduate, or a specific photo shoot. I seem to recall a way to somehow sample the color settings from one image and apply them to the rest, but I can't figure out how...Thanks so much for your suggestions...:o)


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3/4/2008 10:43:18 AM

 
Christopher A. Walrath
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2006
  Assuming digital capture, it might be useful for us to know which camera you are using.

Thank you
Chris


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3/4/2008 4:50:14 PM

 
Mikki Cowles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2004
  Actually, I think it would be better to know the software I use, which is PE5. I know how to expose, I process in RAW, and I know how to edit individually, I just need to know how to make skin tones consistent from one of a set of images to the rest...I'm just positive there is some way to do this....thanks again...:o)


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3/4/2008 4:58:00 PM

 
Christopher A. Walrath
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2006
  Hey, Mikki, I know someone will answer about this on the software issue, but I thought I would put my exposure two cents in. If you meter the subject's skin you can get a pretty consistent exposure from image to image. You're meter reads a middle gray (Zone V in the Zone System). If you take a reading of your subject you can adjust this on the camera at the point of exposure which will make your post-exposure workflow flow a little better. White/caucasian skin, generally is renedered best on Zone VI so take your meter reading and increase exposure by one stop. For dark skin, try decreasing exposure by a stop as it generally looks best when exposed on Zone IV. Also by doing this, the skin of your subjects will be exposed the same from image to image. Hope this helps on the camera end.

Thank you
Chris


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3/5/2008 4:28:41 PM

 
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