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1 March, 2005

Ugh. Teenage skin.

At present, I'm processing photos of the College JCR Exec (student representives, organisers of sporting/social events, etc) for posters and the website.

It's a fairly easy task, if time-consuming:

  • Correct brightness (the photos were taken with flash, by someone who didn't know the flash range of the camera).
  • Correct colour (brightness correction leaves an excessively pink cast to faces).
  • Correct red-eye.
  • Whiten teeth (not because they're discoloured, but because the flash had left odd shadows).
  • Correct skin blemishes.
It's that last one which is the problem. Some of the JCR Exec are 18-19 years old, with the skin problems typical of that age. I can easily clean up each image, but should I? The subject of a photo would probably welcome my hiding a single pimple, but if someone has worse problems, a sanitised image might look odd, and merely emphasise that the real person's skin isn't so good.

I think I'll have to leave it.


You should sub it out to, um, a local designer perhaps, who has too much time on her hands. Send it my way love - 5 a photo, and trust me, I spend half my life Photoshopping 5 o'clock shadow of my face - I reckon acne can't be too hard :)

Posted by Siobhan at March 1, 2005 04:32 PM

No problem about doing it, it's whether it should be done!
As it happens, I compromised on just reducing the angry redness.

Posted by NRT at March 1, 2005 05:43 PM
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