Today, I was trying to familiarize myself with the lights in the Gazette’s video production studio. While playing around, I thought I would take a shot or two of myself with the purpose of teaching myself how to tone photos based on skin tones. The Gazette recently laid off our UDR deparment (Photo editors) and began to use an automated software program to tone the photos. As any one who has tried to use the auto toning features on any editing software knows, you are lucky if you get a a good looking end result. The page designers now have the responsibility of hand toning the photos that the software program botched. The most frequent problem is screwy skin tone results. Usually, I white balance and tone photos while editing the RAW image, but for today’s experiment, I processed the RAW photo with all of the cameras selections, and edited the jpg with curves in Photoshop. Here’s a decent tutorial explaining how to do it.
Skin tone color correction with curves…It ain’t easy being cheesy