DSLR photography for all skin tones

Discussion in 'Photography Pad' started by Juliestcyr, May 25, 2019.

  1. Juliestcyr

    Juliestcyr Grammar nerd and proud of it

    Feb 17, 2015
    I know that photographing darker skin tones was a problem with film, and I know the problem persisted with digital technology to some extent.
    I was mostly using my iPhone to photograph Brownie and Girl Guide events and I noticed that the girls with darker skin don't photograph as well. Mostly I was cleaning it up in PS with brushes. Today, I brought my DSLR to our Craft Day event. And... it wasn't much better. I was mostly using the "auto" setting on the DSLR, but the "indoor" setting was worse. If I used a flash, the lighter skinned girls were white as ghosts.
    Any advice on what I need to adjust for a group photo where I can see everyone's facial features?
  2. BevG

    BevG If I can't remember it, it didn't happen

    Dec 26, 2015
    If you use Lightroom, you can us the radiant feature to lighten up the darker faces without changing the overall exposure of the photo. Shooting in raw gives you more control over exposure, etc.
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  3. bestcee

    bestcee Lorelei and Rory are my neighbors

    Dec 18, 2013
  4. bcgal00

    bcgal00 Feeling lazy with my coffee and book

    Nov 18, 2010
    My granddaughter is darker skinned than her mom, so I expose for mom's face. When photographing them together I often create a curves adjustment (pulling up the midtones) inverted mask so I can brush a bit of lightness over my GD's face, at a low opacity.
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  5. Scrapping with Liz

    Scrapping with Liz blessed

    Dec 19, 2015
    That article was helpful @bestcee ! And thanks for that tip @bcgal00

    I've had a hard time photographing my kids with a variety of skin tones. Some of them get pretty dark in the summer. This might help!
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  6. Cherylndesigns

    Cherylndesigns All glasses should be bigger than 1.5 oz

    Dec 15, 2017
    I remember when I started converting my GK's pictures in the pool to B&W. They all had such different skin tones and I discovered if I converted to B&W that I had more control over their different skin tones.
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