What You Must Absolutely Know About Editing Portraits

What You Must Absolutely Know About Editing Portraits

Portrait editing online is both fun and rewarding; depending on what you are using to do the editing, it can be nondestructive as well. In most instances, when, for instance, you poke the nose of someone while making an edit, it doesn’t actually alter the original photo file. Instead, as you appear to edit it on the screen, it is a list of instructions which you are trying to compile which will then be acted upon when you do the exportation of the final format.

What this means is that, at any given point, you can easily revert to the original photo at whatever stage you are during your portrait editing online. It is a workflow that is liberating and encourages you to experiment with various alterations. Here are some of the things you need to know:

  • Before you edit

There will be a need for you to understand that there is no single software which you can use during portrait editing online to be able to put back the things you missed out when you were taking the photo like out of focus areas or blown out highlights.

In order to have the best results, there is a need for you to capture the best detail and get it right in your camera as you can so that you don’t go wasting time trying to compensate for errors which are basic when you start your portrait editing online. So before you master how to retouch your portrait photos, it is important to know a few basic tips which will help you in coming out with the best results straight from your camera.

  • Ensure that your client’s face is in a good sharp focus

It is common practice to use a small f-number when making portrait photography so that the ground is blurred but when it comes to wide apertures; it might mean that, your client will have a sharply forced mouth and not a sharp nose. In order to neutralize this, you will need to utilize the center focus point and place it on your client’s nose, if you are unable to balance it well, select the point nearest to the camera.

  • Use a fast shutter speed to avoid motion blur when holding the camera

It will depend on the lens and editing conditions that you are using. If your lens has vibration reduction or image stabilization, utilizing it will help in enabling you to reduce the shake of the camera and in the process, give you an image that is sharper. But in case the subject of your camera is moving, it will be important to utilize a fast shutter speed. In case you are using a tripod during the shooting, then you will have to turn off the image stabilization. You can use blur or editing background, but the problem is, you cannot use it to make an image that is blurry to become sharp.

  • Check out for ugly shadows falling across the face and strong areas of contrast

If you can, ensure that the subject of your camera is moved out of direct sunlight into a place that has a shade. Using burn and dodge, the editing software can make a local adjustment but it will be easier for you to avoid editing which is difficult during the photography to avoid wasting time trying to fix it during editing.

  • Background objects that could cause a distraction should be avoided.

As long as there are enough good images which you can use to clone, you can utilize editing software to remove the objects which you don’t want in the photography. But you can do yourself justice by avoiding this tedious process by ensuring that, during photography, you stay off objects which can cause a distraction.

  • Shoot Raw

Although using JPEG image you can be able to make the raw image look better using editing software, it is important to remember that, during the process, you will tamper with the original images, leaving little headroom in which to be able to adjust the tones in your image and in the process, introducing banding effects. There is a lot of information in the raw image which is more forgiving when it comes to JPEG files editing. You should note that JPEG is not the start of the workflow, but instead, the end of it.

  • When taking a photo, you don’t have to crop too tightly

You have to allow yourself a little room around the edges when taking a photo as this will give you enough space when doing the cropping.

  • Clients shouldn’t have their shoulders square on to the camera

Because if this happens, then instead of taking a portrait photo, you will be taking a passport photo in portrait format. Avoid this and ensure that the right pose is taken by your subject.

  • Take a burst of photos by setting your camera to continuous shooting

This will give you a variety of photos so that, at the end of the day, you will have a variety to choose from and get the best for your client, leaving a happy client and you are satisfied with your photography job.

  • Avoid using wide angle lenses close to your client

During editing, the lens distortion corrections can be made with ease but it would be better if you used a focal length which is longer far from your client. This will cause less distortion and thus, avoid much time being used during the editing process.

  • Photo organization during editing

As more and more photos are accumulated, it will be important if you will find them in need when you want to do a quick access. There are different ways of organizing your photos. You can decide to use:

  • Folders: If you have been used to working online during portrait editing, it is possible that you know how to organize your photos in a folder for easy access. Create one specifically for portraits by the client’s name.

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