I've been intimidated for too long. I have lights, I have a studio. It's time to play and really work on my lighting skills. Not only studio lighting, but also my photoshop skills. It may be a faux pas to show a before and after of my work, but I'm going to do it anyways.
I've been using a new technique called "frequency separation." You can learn about it here to smooth out skin tones with a video from Phlearn on youtube: click here.
You can also use this technique to smooth out the bumps in the background by listening to a charming German photographer explain (Nico Socha): click here.
The basic concept is to separate the tones from the texture in order to smooth out the skin without it looking overly processed. Believe me, I watched these videos quite a few times and took notes until I got the hang of it. Once you figure it out, the results are incredible.
This blog post will showcase my recent portraits. I'll post another one tomorrow where I focus on food photography.