Even if your model has flawless skin, if it’s oily or combined, it will create unwanted reflections in your portraits. If you want to get rid of it, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect suggests two solutions: a quick one and a quicker one.
With the recent boom of AI technology, it’s interesting to observe how artificial intelligence imagines things. After all, it was based on human knowledge but also human biases, stereotypes, and preferences.
The Bulimia Project wanted to see how AI imagined the “ideal body,” and the results are concerning, to say the least. They used different text-to-image generators and prompts, and nearly all of them produced images of men and women with highly unrealistic body types. After analyzing the images, they concluded the unrealistic beauty standards we have set for ourselves – and it’s pretty discouraging.
After Norway, the UK could be next to tackle the issue of unrealistic and harmful beauty standards. The Health and Social Care Committee found that more and more people suffer from body dysmorphia while social media and its ads are largely unregulated. As a result, the UK law could soon require ads to clearly label if there are any photoshopped bodies in them.
“You wouldn’t say that to your daughter, but she still hears it online every day”. That’s the message coming from Dove’s latest campaign to educate parents about the negative messages their teenage daughters are subjected to on social media.
As we’ve grown to expect from the brand, it’s a hard-hitting video, using real women and their daughters. What makes it interesting, however, is their use of deep fakes.
The name Pratik Naik is probably already familiar with you. He’s become a bit of a household name for image retouching and if you haven’t heard of his Infinite tools and Photoshop plug-ins yet I am going to assume that you either shoot film with a vintage camera and develop it yourself, or live under a rock somewhere off-grid. What you probably don’t know Pratik for, however, is his photography.
But he is in fact (kind of annoyingly) a very accomplished photographer with an artist’s eye. He let DIYP take a look at one of his latest personal projects that combine his love of black and white portraiture with retouching in his project titled ‘Fresh Faced Beauty’.
London based beauty and fashion photographer Tina Eisen is well known for her beautiful work, but these macro images of honey bees and lips are really another step beyond. Not only are they macro self-portraits, but they are REAL BEES! I had to find out from Tina how exactly she shot these spectacular images.
We all assume that Photoshop and the art of retouching is a fairly new phenomenon. When you think of image retouching you automatically think of celebrities made to look taller and slimmer, of blemish removal to the point of obliterating skin texture, and head swapping those pesky people that always blink in group portraits. But did you know that image retouching has been around nearly as long as photography, it was just done in a different way. This fascinating book (now in the public domain), tells you exactly how to get started if you want to retouch your images directly onto the negative.
Keeping the amount of kit you use at a low level can sometimes be down to simply a lack of availability. But it could also be that you’re simply limited in what you’re able to carry with you to shoot at a client’s location. Or, maybe you just want to bring things right back down to the bare minimum to really understand light and how your gear works.
Whatever the reason, Lindsay Adler is here to help. Using just a single strobe with a big softbox and a big reflector (in this case, a white v-flat) she creates a very effective and dramatic portrait. That’s the key word here, though. Big. Big light sources produce beautiful light for portraits as Lindsay demonstrates in this shot breakdown.
Instagram is full of photoshopped photos of people who desperately try to fit the imposed beauty standards. I can’t say I follow them, but it doesn’t change the fact that they exist. An Instagram page Goddess Women photoshops celebrities to fit today’s beauty standards, showing the absurdity of it all.