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HOW DO I EDIT A PHOTO TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A GLAMOUR SHOT???HELP!!

I ALWAYS WANTED TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE MY PHOTOS LOOK LIKE A GLAMOUR SHOTS DOES IT MATTER WHAT KIND OF PHOTO IT IS?DOES IT MATTER WHAT TYPE OF SOFTWARE I USE?I HAVE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 7?COULD I TURN THE PHOTO BELOW INTO A  GLAMOUR SHOT?ANY ADVICE YOU CAN OFFER ME WOULD BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED ")

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TURN DOWN THE SCREAMING NATURE OF YOUR POSTS!!! ? All caps is considered screaming in forums and makes people want to ignore you.

You need to define what you mean by glamour shot. A picture of a young male is not going to work for a glamour shot by most working definitions of the genre... so my guess is you are not talking about a glamour shot but looking for advise on how to edit the photo for a soft glow?!? (That does not suit a young male either, but..)

I apologize for the caps.Thanks for the advice.

It isn't the software or editing.  It's in the light work, camera work and makeup.  Learn lighting, learn posing and work with a makeup artist.  There are no shortcuts to excellent photographs.

I agree with Nathan.  Most of what achieves "the glamour look" is accomplished in lighting and posing. 

 

For a soft glow effect I like Eddie Tapp's Softar action.  http://www2.rangefindermag.com/magazine/jun06/showpage.taf?page=88

Yes I was bored and this was just silly enough to try.

 

Ha ha :-)

Sean you really must have been bored lol!

Hi there....why don't you google......PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 7 free tutorials.....sometimes they have several free tutorials that teaches you how to use your photoshop program step by step.  I hope that helps!

 

Audacious,

to get started with this type of 'glamour / soft diffused look' retouching there are 'actions' available for CS5. Some free, some you will have to pay for - it's a simple matter of following the instructions and loading them.

"Does it matter which kind of software i use?"

Yes, not only the software, but also experience and the technique involved which is more often derived from an art background..

Many prominent photographers will use individuals or companies from the retouching industry as their skill levels are higher.

The Amy Dresser technique is often sort after and she regularly appears in live tutorials on 'retouchpro.com' - you can take a look at some of her work here:

http://www.amydresser.com/beauty.html

Her work is pretty varied, but has a certain feel to it.

Christian Girotto also has a site where you can 'click' each image to see the before and after retouch.

http://www.cristiangirotto.com/#/retouch/beauty/44/

 

Although not the best retoucher in the world, Seth Jones does offer tuition via Skype - take a look at his image second to last on his site here:

http://www.msethjones.com/rollovers/

All the images are 'roll-over' to see again the before and after..

As Nathan said above, it is so totally important to begin in the first place with a well lit properly exposed and clean image before the 'sculpture of light' which is editing begins.

 

Youtube and google have a place if you are looking to learn which CS5 tools and basic methods are involved, the rest is up to you with a graphic tablet and pressure pen to sculpture in freestyle on layers.

 

 

 


Just to be very clear, the lighting on this picture is more in the realm of snapshot. IT IS NOT A PORTRAIT! (I used the caps for effect since it seems some people like them. Ha!)  You will probably never ever be able to make anything approximating a "Glamour Shot" with this lighting pattern or posing.  It is not the software on your computer, it's the software between your ears.  AKA Gray Matter.
Here's a website that I came across and found extremely interesting and useful, you might know it already. You will have to register to qualify for a few free videos' with really good tips on photography; 3 of them being glamour(soft lighting, high key shooting, off camera flash techniques). Hope it helps... http://www.fototv.com/free-videos
We do need to be nice.  A part of being nice is being truthful.  This picture will never be a nice portrait because the basic elements are missing.  That isn't being mean, it's being honest.  If you don't want an honest answer don't ask the question!  To borrow a quote from your front page; "The Right To Be Lazy
Let us be lazy in everything, except in loving and drinking, except in being lazy". Lazy;
a lack of desire to expend effort.  If you are lazy at something, you'll never be very good at it. 
I appreciate brutal honesty its the only way ill learn things but instead of telling me what i cant do how about u tell me what kind of poses i should do or where can i get material to study to become great at my craft

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