Skin Retouching Technique – Frequency Seperation

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.

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Sunny 16

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.

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