Portrait, originally uploaded by Mika_I.

This is the first time I’ve actually tried to do a bit of post processing specific to portraits – learning using some tutorials on Apple’s website and youtube for Aperture 3.

The shot itself worked really well – shot in available light, with the sun slowly starting to set in the background (actually, the sun is in the direction of the shot, but direct light was blocked by a park, and the glow was reflected from the sandstone walls of the nearby buildings).

To be fair, the subject was a bit reluctant – she thinks her big brother’s a bit of a paparazzi when it comes to taking shots of family. :p

The post processing was done in Aperture 3, beginning with a very slight curves adjustment. After that, I applied Aperture’s skin smoothing brush to the skin tones (the Zuiko Digital 50-200mm is a ridiculously sharp lens, even wide open) to give a softer tone. After that, I applied a sharpening brush to the edges around the eyes and eyelashes. And that was all that was needed, really.

I love learning something new, so hopefully I’ll experiment more with portraits going forward!

Olympus E-3
Zuiko Digital 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD
Focal length: 120mm
Exposure: 1/160, f/3.3, ISO 800


~ by mjiphotography on 29 January 2011.

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