You might have noticed that editing boudoir photography in Lightroom or Photoshop is a little different to other forms of editing. You need to pay a little attention when retouching these boudoir portraits because these are not just photographs, they are like therapy aimed at accepting your body and every beauty of its line.
Of course, as a photographer, you aim when editing is to convey the feeling of tenderness and love. So it is not just about focusing on the nude body, rather, the emotions. So, how do you how to edit and retouch boudoir images to depict this aspect?
Editing Boudoir Images
Editing is all about making adjustments on the photo to things like the brightness, the colour, contrast and many more. It is not basically fixing a photo instead it is about optimizing if for the conditions that existed during the shoot. In most cases, conditions are great and not much editing will be required, but sometimes especially when it comes to boudoir photography, editing is critical. Retouching involves editing but with more work.
Changing shape is probably one of the essential things in boudoir editing, but it is critical to be careful when changing size because alternating a little detail could influence the result. In Photoshop, you can work with the duplicate option, then use filter-plastic. You can find the problematic areas of your image, and fix the smoothly and accurately. It is important to know when to stop.
Photoshop is arguably effective, but it can be a little daunting. You should consider der use Lightroom editing tool since it is more intuitive. For those who are more experienced, using the best lightroom presets together with intuitiveness could make editing and retouching a boudoir fast. Editing is just a few clicks; thus, you will be cutting the processing time enormously.
Using Preset to retouch boudoir photography
Once you import your file into Lightroom, you can use a sharpening preset. Creating your own preset in Lightroom is easy. To apply a preset, go to LR panel, apply during import, then go to developer setting then click the present you need to apply.
Once you apply your preferred preset, adjust the white balance depending on the photo. If there is a surface in the photo, you can use the eyedropper tool, if not can move the slider under the white balance section.
You should also address the photo vibrancy and saturation is the image is too dull. Use the sliders to increase the vitality and saturation. You can crop the image at this state for a tighter and more balanced headshot. Zoom closer to have a better look at the skin. Smooth the skin using heal or clone tabs. Select the brush tool, with your preferred adjustment. Different brush present can be used, but this, of course, depends on the one you selected.
Set a clarity slider to maintain contrast and to avoid making the image from looking flat. Of course, this will vary from skin to skin and the effects you need to achieve. Lastly, fine-tune the adjustment. You can check ‘show selected mask Overlay’ box to see the part of the image that needs adjustment. Remember Lightroom editing and retouch is much about preference and the depicting the emotion of boudoir, so this is just one of the most effective approaches.