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Ringlight: Beauty vs. Flaws | by Auzigog
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Ringlight: Beauty vs. Flaws

I was going through shots from the PDX Strobist March Meetup and came across this shot. One of the guys had made a pretty large ringlight out of 10 incandescent bulbs. I started thinking about how the whole point of a ringlight is to make people look beautiful by removing any shadows on their face.

 

I decided it would be a fun exercise to take this photo an intentionally expose all of the flaws in the person. I wanted to contrast the before/after in one photo and this is the final result.

 

Check out the "Flaws Exposed" version of this photo.

 

"Flawed" side editing: All the editing to this side was done in Adobe Lightroom. I gave a detailed list of adjustments in this comment.

 

"Beauty" side editing: This side is almost how it was straight out of the camera. The only changes were a few little edits to the eye and skin in Photoshop.

 

Setup shot courtesy of Kenneth Barton

 

Strobist: Home made ringlight with 9 incandescent bulbs.

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Taken on April 23, 2008