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General Question about skin tones
Old 12-02-2005, 03:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A little input please,

So many times with photos I view, it seems some of the skin tones seem overly warm or downright orange in color. This is a question I've for sometime now.
At first I thought it was just my monitor, but I then realized it was the same on others as well.
Is this a trend or is this due to digital effects. I ask this because I also see it in print on occasion, not very often but once in awhile.

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Re: General Question about skin tones
Old 12-02-2005, 04:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe it's all those spray on tans. Healthier than tanning beds or sun bathing, but you end up looking like your auditioning for the Tropicanna Spokesmodel (Orange Juice, not tanning oil).
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Re: General Question about skin tones
Old 12-02-2005, 04:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Lobo..I know glamour has a tendency to go for the warming effect and sometimes it gets a bit over done!! I've been desaturating alot of my shots because of the overwarming effect. alot of that has to do with white balance on my camera I think. I have a Fuji S2 and I wasnt happy with any of the preset what balances so I set my white balance in the studio with a gray card. Now if Im wrong someone feel free to correct me!!! I dont want to be doing it wrong!!

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Old 12-02-2005, 04:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm glad you mentioned that gray card. I have a new D70s I haven't done that with it.

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Re: General Question about skin tones
Old 12-02-2005, 04:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok, that could explain a couple things. Personally I like the natural tan look. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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a matter of style
Old 12-02-2005, 05:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Its a matter of style (or the photographer's taste). There is a "look" that you see in the lad mags (Maxim, etc), but has been used by Playboy and even mainstream fashion magazines, that some might describe as being unnaturally warm. Remember the goal of these shots is to enchance the model's appeal, and a warm ("hot") look , suggestive maybe of being lit by a fireplace, or available (tungsten) light), can make a subtle statement. Most people would say that is more flattering than using a cold (blueish) or worse, green, light (althought I have seen that used effectively too, but with great expertise). I am certain that if you're seeing it in Maxim or Playboy, its intentional, in fact PB photogs regularly use warming gels on their lights to give those "orangy" highlights. While there are plenty of shoots using "normal" skin tones, as I said, its a matter of taste, and what the photographer is trying to communicate.

Another place you'll see warm skin tones, at least from me, is when I'mn shooting at sunset. As the sun sets, the color temperature goes down to a warm look which most people find flattering. When I turn the model around so the sun is to her back, I put a warming gel over the flash so the color temperature more closely matches the color of the setting sun, like this shot of Christy Hemme.



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Re: a matter of style
Old 12-02-2005, 05:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thank You,
I can readily understand the evening shot needing the warming effect. I've been curious because in some cases the effect during a full daylight shoot just somehow wasn't natural to me.
If I may ask, being new and all, what type warming gel do you recommend for the evening type shots?

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Bastard Amber
Old 12-02-2005, 06:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Here's the gel I use at sunset, its a theatrical gel called "Bastard Amber" available from Rosco Labs.



As for the warm shots during daylight outside, as I said, that is a style choice usually. Using a gold reflector outside, or warming gels on a large flash fill, or simply warming the whole thing to your liking with lens filters or in Photoshop, are all photographer options, and more likely to be a creative choice than an accident.

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Old 12-02-2005, 06:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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uumm, OK
Thank you, I'll have to try that for my next try at an evening shot.
Just need the willing participant now.

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