Speedlinks: 12/11/06

In today's links: Business, lighting, hacking, Photoshopping, and using the latter for societal manipulation:


• Dan Heller runs a neat little blog on the business of photography.

• Strobist reader (and corporate shooter) Kirk Tuck is spreading the small flash gospel.

• What do you do with your old point-and-shoot digicam now that you are a DSLR user? You take it apart and hack it, of course.

• Lunacore Photoshop Training has a free tutorial on retouching skin.

• Speaking of retouching (and the implications of the Quest for Perfection) Dove produced a brief, thought-provoking movie of the process of producing a "beauty" billboard image:


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Anonymous Mark Sirota said...

The original source for that Dove movie (in higher quality as well) is at http://www.campaignforrealbeauty.com/.

December 11, 2006 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Bradley Attaway said...

Though I understand it's not off directly camera flash related, I think this comment is salient to this posting (which is also not really off camera flash related):

That retouching tutorial is okay for basic blemishes and skin smoothing, but there's much much more to photoshop retouching than removing freckles and blurring skin.

http://demo.fb.se/e/girlpower/retouch/retouch/index.html was made by the Dutch Ministry of Health and shows a step by step of the full process of celebrity retouching(as contained in the Dove commercial).

On a personal note: I find the 'real beauty' argument of both the Dove Ad and Dutch MofH rather moot. First, there are people at least as attractive as the 'after' images in any of these ads, they are called supermodels and they lived in the '80s. Secondly, the reason d'etre of fashion magazines and makeup ads, etc. is not to provide us with examples of the average or even the very good, it is to provide a paradigm of the ideal. Yes, some very unstable and insecure people may do unhealthy things to immitate these ideals, but their problems stem not primarily from the presence of ideals (which will always exist, and of which there are many forms), but from a lack of something deeper in themselves.

December 11, 2006 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Vitae said...

Two thumbs up for the Lumacore free tutorial on skin retouching! MUCH better than the technique I've been using!

Thanks for posting it, and for all the other gems of info I find here. :)

December 11, 2006 12:07 PM  
Blogger bcwhite said...

Bradley said that "there are people at least as attractive as the 'after' images in any of these ads" and they "lived in the '80s".

Have you met them? Personally? Without make-up, etc.?

One only needs to look at some candid paparatzi shots of "gorgeous" celebreties to see that they're not anything like the way they are seen on a screen or in a magazine.

I've done my own digital photo retouching, but I generally don't alter physical characteristics.

December 11, 2006 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Digital liposuction... and yet, that's what everyone expects when you have to take a "beauty" shot. I can't do that type of manipulation, can you?

December 12, 2006 5:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd certainly love to see a shot straight out of the camera of a supermodel to see what they really look like. Here's a site that shows the before and after--including some recognizable faces: http://fluideffect.com/

December 12, 2006 10:19 PM  
Blogger Kevin Byrne Photography said...

Bradley, you have missed the point of the dove campaign.

The purpose was not a brief description of how to retouch, but to show us all the falsness of the fashion industry.

The photographer Rankin started the campaign as a backlash to the 'skinny' fashion look.

December 15, 2006 2:39 AM  

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