Skin tones with Nikon D800 or other models

Started Mar 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
Andre De Angelis
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In reply to Lea5, Mar 30, 2012

Lea5 wrote:

It is not so obvious when you photograph tanned skin, or brown skin, it looks good. The problem is caucasian skin. You will get out some acceptable skintones, but you will need much more time for post processing. With a 5D or 1DIV it is very simple to nail a perfect skintone processed in DPP or Phase One, but you need to care for Canons magenta cast. Nikon (Sony) has a yellow cast, which is not easy to eliminate.

There are a few tools that can do it reasonably well.

For me personally, I always apply a shift towards magenta in portait shots. There's several ways to do it.

Capture One allows pretty good control of skin tones. In PS, the Remove Color Cast and Pro Contrast tools in Nik ColorFXPro usually do a very nice job of dealing with this problem.

OnOne has a new plugin called perfect Protrait. It's one of those annoying automated plugins that tries to fix everything in the scene, remove blemishes etc, but if you disable all of that, it does a really nice job on the skin tones.

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