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Old January 31st, 2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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color correction - low contrast on female faces

sorry, this isn't specific to Adobe, I just can't find a general color correction forum...

So one trick I use in making basic color adjustments to interview footage is to lower the contrast on faces, especially female faces. Poor lighting can have a way of emphasizing and creating flaws and imperfections in a face, harsh freckles and dark spots, eye and neck shadows, wrinkles, and blown out highlights make a person look a bit sweaty and shiny.

Lowering the contrast, especially bringing down highlights drastically, then boosting the mids to bring the over all level back to normal has the magic effect of applying a layer of foundation in post. A slight drop in the shadows restores the blacks from becoming milky (but hopefully don't darken face blemishes, etc.)

The only problem is this often make the hair look dull and often to dark. Does any one else have any different tricks that they use to improve the look of faces in post?
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Old February 4th, 2013, 05:48 AM   #2
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Why not just mask out the hair?
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Old February 4th, 2013, 01:55 PM   #3
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Re: color correction - low contrast on female faces

makeup. seriously. nothing worse than a shiny face.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 10:01 AM   #4
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Re: color correction - low contrast on female faces

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makeup. seriously. nothing worse than a shiny face.
Makeup? If you're referring to my post I was talking about masking the hair out in the grade not about makeup.
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