Adding Depth Layer by Layer
Creating a fine art boudoir portrait does not stop at the click of the shutter. The painter does not simply stop at the first layer of applying their paint. They build the surface one layer at a time, creating depth and texture.
The same can apply to that moment the image enters post production.
Post Production – Friend or Foe?
Last month was all about the emotions and expressions that can bring out a boudoir image. After all the prepping, styling, posing and coaching, there is still work to do! That image cannot just sit in your camera card. It needs to be out and processed to bring out the depth it deserves.
That is where post production CAN be your friend. Adding textures is a quick and fun way to bring a modern portrait back in time. The key is to not over do your texture choices, and to scale back on where it is applied.
No One Wants Hairy Backs
One of the biggest trouble makers for textures I see posted is forgetting to lightly remove overlays from areas with skin. Over material? No biggie. Over object such as the piano? Love the look! Over her back? Umm, no. No one wants a hairy back and if you leave to much texture over skin, it creates lines and crackled look that can be unwanted and resemble hair.
The image above is an extreme close up of the process of adding the last three final textures. Pulling each one to the side, you can see how each texture if left at 100% opacity and without any masks, can create unwanted lines on her beautiful back. Scaling down the opacity, and making sure the layer mask is added to remove from skin area can be the difference between an average image and an outstanding image not only to you, but especially your client.
When Enough is Enough
Adding textures can be addicting as each layer will bring a new life to the image. But it is important to know when to say enough is enough. I will routinely take a break from my work, 20 minutes, sometimes even overnight if I feel I am questioning my final piece. You may come back and still be in love. Many other times take one look and say “Hmm, was I editing drunk?” All laughs aside, it is true. You can get so involved in one image, you are not seeing straight. A break is a great way to make sure you have not over applied layers to distort your story.