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#1 Brian Bradley

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:46 PM

Can someone explain how do you get a soft glow in blown out highlights? I've seen this done in many fashion/beauty commercials. I've attached a screen shots to explain what I'm referring to.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 12:34 PM

here's a better example of what I'm referring to

http://www.metro.co....ejuvenated-face
http://aspencosmetic...ices/botox.html
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#3 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:07 AM

Diffusion type camera filters give this effect. There are a range of types that give you different effects, you can also apply this in post.

http://www.tiffen.co...n-out_sm(1).pdf

http://www.schneider...fusion_DSLR.pdf
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 09:04 AM

Can someone explain how do you get a soft glow in blown out highlights? I've seen this done in many fashion/beauty commercials. I've attached a screen shots to explain what I'm referring to.


For cosmetic ads they prefer seeing very sharp eyes, eyelashes, and hair, so they usually shoot sharp and diffuse in post so that they can isolate what they want to soften and what they want to keep sharp. A common trick would be to pull a luminance key of just the highlights in the frame and blur that area, and then overlay it back over a sharp frame.
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#5 Dane Cannon

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:50 PM

For cosmetic ads they prefer seeing very sharp eyes, eyelashes, and hair, so they usually shoot sharp and diffuse in post so that they can isolate what they want to soften and what they want to keep sharp. A common trick would be to pull a luminance key of just the highlights in the frame and blur that area, and then overlay it back over a sharp frame.


Look up any glamour photo retouching tutorial for more in depth instructions (especially as to what blend modes to use). It all translates to post, especially with Resolve now supporting blend modes. Additionally, put a tracker on the eyes, and add a mask with sharpness to really make em pop... same for the lips.
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