What settings create that white/creamy feel in Portraits?
Here's a quick example - this is a picture a photographer took and I'm wondering what settings create that white/creamy feel in the skin and overall look of the pictures? I've seen this kind of thing in a lot of portraits and I find it appealling - it's a very soft look..

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So there's no special setting in the camera or anything? No setting that adds that softness?..

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If you're using Canon and you have Picture Styles you can use Portrait. This will give a softer image...

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Some lenses are designed for soft focus. But the best way to get that creamy skin texture straight out of the camera is with lighting..

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Check out this side for a lighting solution..


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I was in a class this weekend and the instructor recommended Nik's Color Efex Pro 2.0 plug-ins for CS3. I remember it definitely had a "glamour" plug-in. I think the entire package is somewhere around $150 though. I wonder if it would be worth it. He said he used the black and white conversion all the time and that it was super quick with great results...

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One pre-digital approach was the use of diffusion or soft focus filters on the camera lens. If you've got a cheap skylight or UV filter, you could experiment by smearing something like petroleum jelly on the outside surface and shooting through that. (yeah, old-timers used to do stuff like that)..

One big difference between this approach and adding the effect during post processing is that the filter softens everything. In post processing, you can soften (or blur) the skin but leave the eyes and hair sharp..


Comment #7

Conkin diffusion/soft focus filters were a whole lot less messy, and maybe a star filter for a twinkle in the eye. Personally, I think the one posted is a bit too creamy...

Comment #8

It looks to me like it was done in post processing. Her hair does not have the soft look of her eyebrows, and the fellow on her left was not softened. It also looks a bit overdone for my tastes..

Photoshop has a soft blur filter that can be used for this, along with the history brush to undue the areas you don't want softened. There are a number of techniques that could be used, and there are probably some free Photoshop actions that you can download at Lighting plays an important part as well..

Best regards,Doug

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