In 2015 I collaborated with Munich based photographer Daniela Pfeil who specialized in portraying actors. The goal was to achieve a very natural look without loosing any characteristics while cleaning up the image and optimizing contrast and lightening. For cleanup I used frequency separation techniques. Since all images have been shot in natural light I also did a lot of shaping with painting in highlights and shadows. Skin tone matching was necessary to some extend but was kept quite minimal since we were going for natural looks.
Although I like the results, today I would be more meticulous in cleaning up skin and hair. I also would try to further even out transitions in color and lightening. Unfortunately I do not have access to the original images anymore. Also the resolution of the images is not optimal. Anyways you can click on any image to enlarge.
Before and After
The following two examples are made to demonstrate more precise techniques in cleanup (spot healing and dodge and burn) and coloring. Although these are also actors portraits, I went a bit further almost into commercial looks while still keeping all natural features in place (no remodeling, heavy contouring or liquifying). Move the slider to reveal before and after states.