3 Simple Steps for Perfect Skin Tones Every Time

We all know we should be using custom white balance, looking for the best light every time, and basically doing EVERYTHING we can in camera to lessen our work for later. But sometimes even though we do those things, we can still have some issues with skin tones. Maybe there was SO much green that it’s reflecting up on their faces. Maybe there was a makeup mishap and the bride’s face is a little orange. Or maybe no matter how much you metered and used your white balance card, there was STILL some things that just didn’t make the skin tone look quite right. That is where this little tip comes in! We LOVE utilizing this simple trick, and the great thing is it usually only takes about 30 seconds! Then you can just sync it to the rest of the photos in that similar set and bam! Wonderful skin tones, satisfied you, and happy client!

It’s important to note that we are doing this tutorial in Lightroom. We’re not sure if there is something similar in ACR, but we’re just going to let you know that if you DON’T have Lightroom, you should probably go on and make that happen. 😉 It has made our editing CRAZY fast, and there are so many awesome tools! Just like the one we’re about to show you.

The first thing that you’re going to want to do is go to the side panel and look for “HSL”. This stands for Hue, Saturation, and Luminance. Make sure that you have “All” selected so you should see slider bars for each of the three categories! Still with us? Awesome. 🙂

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So! The first thing that we’re going to concentrate on is the Hue. What you want to do is click on that little circle right next to the word “Hue” above the slider bars. You’ll notice that “Saturation” and “Luminance” have circles next to them as well. Take note of those because we’re going to need those later!

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Now what you’re going to want to do is put your cursor over their skin. Maybe there’s a spot that doesn’t look so even, or there’s a reflection, or you just want to give it that extra pop! You’ll see we have the cursor in more of the shadowy part of her skin here, but that’s only because that’s the spot that we knew we were going to get the best result from! Then you’re just going to click and drag up or down depending on what colors you want to pull out or suppress! As you drag, you’ll see your slider bars to the right underneath the “Hue” heading start to move and adjust on their own. How cool!

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Once you’re happy with what you have, you’re going to go back through and do the exact same things for Saturation and Luminance! And that’s it! The first few times you go to do this, you’re really going to be going through and trying to find your groove. But once you get the hang of it, it is truly the quickest little adjustment ever and really takes your images from “meh” to “heeeeyyyyy girl!”

Seriously…just look at this before and after!

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Is the before bad by any means? No! We think it looks just fine! But when we take these little extra steps, it really just makes their skin pop, and is part of truly going above and beyond for our clients!

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