Stranger 19: Vi-u-tiful Vi-sitorGirl From The City
One or two eye-to-eye contacts with this lovely city girl and I knew she will be my next stranger...
A visitor from San Francisco, like Lady Star, and a 'laughter-fighter' like Smiley Face, I told Vi it's kinda typical to some. In front of a camera, it's almost always automatic to smile. It's like we're programmed to do it since we started school: "Ok, class, say cheese!" Who wants a boring class picture? But anyway, my stranger no. 19th tried and I appreciated it, especially the fact that she was readily available for a not-everyday mugshot like this.
Now, on with the processing... Do you, guys, know Bridge? Well, I've been doing a lot of photoshopping ever since but never knew about this software until my 15th stranger. I think I forgot to click this feature when I first installed my Adobe Photoshop. (I also think you either use Lightroom or Bridge to process your raw files. I don't have LR.)
Anyway, while 'bridging' this image, I decided to merge two versions - one with a softer tone and one with 100% clarity. My intention was to make the facial skin appear smoother and the eyes bolder respectively. Just notice when you adjust your clarity everything becomes clear and noticeable. I don't do that on my headshots. Again, mine is focus on the eyes (even if I kinda failed with Pretty Stare) and away from any facial distractions or imperfections if any. So, in short, two portraits in one.
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