Post-Production Pro Tips: Skintones are the Priority

Skintones are the Priority

You want the subjects of your photos – the people – to look their best, right? Then skintones need to be the priority when editing color and exposure. Aiming for natural skin color will have your clients looking good, but just be aware that you may have to compromise in other areas of the photo.

When applying global adjustments, the whole photo is affected. As one corrects for skin tones, therefore, other aspects of the photo may be sacrificed.  For instance, when you bring up the exposure for a subject’s face, that sky in the background will also be getting lighter, or you may lose highlights in the bride’s dress.  It’s a bit of a balancing act, but, as we said earlier, the people in the photo are usually the priority.