Photo Post Production Workflow
In this article I am documenting my post production worfklow involving Adobe Lightroom, Portrait Professional, and Adobe Photoshop. The amount of time needed to edit a photo using all 3 of these software solutions is significant, so I tend to only complete all 3 steps with only my top picks from each shoot. Normally I will do all of the work within Lightroom, which gives me a lot of control over the image, but doesn’t offer the touch up tools required to finish an image at a more professional level. Once I have done some general image editing to get the color, contrast, and lighting where I want it I will export a copy of the image and open it up with Portrait Professional. You may have at least heard of Portrait Professional because they advertise in just about every photography magazine out there. I frequently see ads for them in Popular Photography. After trying out a demo version I purchased a copy for a decent price and use it mainly to smooth out skin and hair. It’s a partially automated system that also has some features that attempt to manipulate your subjects facial features to make them more pleasant looking. The settings allow you to change the size of the subject’s forehead, eyes, jaw, etc. Sometimes applying these types of “improvements” will produce some nice results, other times it will slightly disfigure the subject or leave noticeable issues around the area that was altered. I disable these features, but I can see why some people might want to use them and get a little creative.