If you have not yet read the first blog post in this series on “How to Choose a Photographer,” click here and start at the first post (or not – you COULD just learn a little something about color tones).
If your session is in a green field or a green forest, all of that green acts as a light reflector and bounces the light onto your skin. This gives your skin a green cast. Unless the photographer is using white or gold reflectors to bounce the light, the “natural reflector” that is the grass, trees, or other surrounding elements will be what the light is bouncing off of and onto you. All a photographer has to do is add a bit of pink to the skin in post and it balances the green.
I am saddened when I see what would be a beautiful image completely corrupted by green, yellow, orange, blue, or pink skin tones. This is SUCH an easy thing to correct in post processing, but you have to SEE it to want to correct it. A skilled photographer has the ability to truly see all aspects of an image, from the way it is composed to the color of the skin. And honestly, some things MUST be corrected in post processing. SO easy!
Okay, okay – I get it. You don’t need to know what needs to be done, you just want amazing skin in the pictures, right? Good. Now look at the photographer’s portfolio and check those skin tones. Shrek isn’t a real person, so if you see him in the images... That goes for Oompa Loompas, too. And Smurfs. And… well, you get my point. If you see these things, find a different photographer who understands color correction.
Now, if you’re one of the unlucky ones who is looking at a CD of off-color images you bought from a photographer, as long as you have the copyright release, you can pay to have those images edited properly for about $5 an image. Hopefully that’s not why you’re reading this… Hopefully you’re reading this because you’re doing your due diligence and choosing a pro!