Skin Texture Sunday - 12th Nov ‘17
Let’s just skim over the fact it’s been 18 months since my last blog post shall we…
Over on Instagram I (try to) post daily under a different theme for each day, and I thought I’d bring it over to my blog too, but with added depth. Because hey why not!
Sundays are actually my all time favourite day to post as they’re all about skin texture, and I just love skin texture. Back when I was a photographer (do I count myself as an ex photographer? I still love to photograph, and plan to in the future, but does being sans camera make you not a photographer anymore? …that may be a whole other post) photographing skin was my favourite thing to do. When I was a student I would hole up in the studio with a subject, some cross lighting, a macro lens and just revel in capturing the most obscure, intricate ways skin behaves. It’s fascinating and beautiful! So as a retoucher, whenever I receive images that clearly show skin texture I’m a very happy pixel bunny! I also think it’s important to retain this texture, as I see a lot of images out there of blurred skin and images that have had frequency separation overused and all that lovely natural skin texture has just been eradicated and then replicated. A photographer once asked me how I retain skin texture in my images; “just don’t remove it in the first place” easy!
So Skin Texture Sundays are my celebration of one of the main reasons why I love to retouch, photograph, and create images in general!
These images are ones that I worked on back in February 2016 for Magic Owen. When I received the files I actually did a lame little happy dance in my desk chair. The images were gorgeous; I loved the hair and nails, the model was awesome, every facet of the images was just great, and they contained SO much amazing skin texture. So here you go!
HUF MAGAZINE ‘Perfect Palette’ (you can see the full editorial here)
Photographer: Magic Owen
Model: Karen Bengo
Makeup: Gavin Pickle
Nails: Julie Lee
Retouching: Catherine Day
So there we have it! What do you think? What are your thoughts about retaining skin texture?
say ‘skin texture’ one more time Catherine…