M43 cameras and blotchy red skin tones

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James Stirling
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Re: M43 cameras and blotchy red skin tones

Dexter75 wrote:

James Stirling wrote:

Dexter75 wrote:

James Stirling wrote:

Is it perhaps that most high end portrait shots we see, are often very much touched up giving a false impression of flawless complexions , when alas reality is much harsher . I am often baffled when extremely high mp cameras such as the 100mp Fuji are touted for their portrait abilities .

The combination of razor sharp lenses on highly detailed sensors viewed at often extreme levels in post. Does few faces a favour

Medium format sensors are valued by fashion photographers more for the details, color rendering and that medium format "look" you get, not so much the sharpness. Most every portrait shooter wants sharp lenses though, which is why most of us shoot primes. Its much easier to soften a sharp photo than to sharpen a soft photo.

To take a 100mp image that requires significant post processing so as not to horrify the subject Seems deeply illogical . This is how an attractive model looks under the scrutiny of such a device. I suspect for the level of pro portrait shooters that use MF Phase one, Hasselblad, or Fuji that the tool is more of a status thing.

Yea, well that's a very average headshot by someone not very proficient with lighting. No offense if that is your shot. Im talking about real fashion photography like this


That was rather an unfortunate link as frankly the first image in it is godawful and the rest are marginal and no better than could have been done with many far less expensive cameras. The shot is from the Dpreview gallery so no offence taken


Most fashion and advertising shooting is massively retouched they have dedicated folk to do it. The results are often so far from reality as to be bordering on CGI and other than prestige I see no benefits of MF for portrait shooting . There are a glut of fast high quality lenses in the FF world, whilst they are in short supply for MF taking away some of the DOF and tonality advantges.

I think this quote at the bottom of the the advertisement  from the photographer says more about MF portrait photography than the rest of it

When you shoot medium format, you can also position yourself as a photographer in a higher league and justify better wages for your work. There are not so many competitors playing in the medium format league.

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