So I figured I’d take another trip to the local charity shop to see what all the Christmas clear outs may have turned up. I ended up purchasing another three camera’s for my collection, and some interesting additions. Thankfully these things are so inexpensive (it’s just when I buy in bulk it all adds up)! Anyway, it all goes to a good cause i suppose..
So another year ends, and I had very little to show for it by way of good images. I hit a bit of a slump and, although I blamed it mainly on poor light throughout the year, I could have pushed myself to go out and find good images to capture or work on various projects I wanted to try indoors. The fact of the matter is I’m a very lazy photographer.
Here’s a post processing technique to create a stylised blue cast to your image, along with additional work to create depth and a slight glow to skin highlight (creating a “dreamy” effect on skin tones). Here’s a preview of the type of effect this technique will achieve (original lower left diagonal, post processing upper right):
This is a very useful method to even out skin tones and remove blemishes whilst retaining skin texture as much as possible. I’ve used other techniques in the past (inverse high filter passes, gaussian blur layers and various levels of masking) but this method seems to deliver the best results and minimises the risk of over smoothing the skin.
Here’s a handy tip to check if your exposure metering is correct on your old car boot SLRs (or at least the reported exposure). Known as the “Sunny 16 Rule” for reasons that will become apparent; head outside on a bright summer’s day when the sun is high in the sky. Set your camera’s aperture to be F16, set the ISO (or ASA) setting as low as possible (100 or 125), and set your shutter speed to be 125.