By Don Chick, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, D.C.Ph.
Imagenomic Portraiture 2.0 has arrived, and with the new version comes some exciting improvements. For those who’ve been using v. 1 of Portraiture, the upgrade will be exciting for at least two reasons. First, registered users of Portraiture 1 will receive a free upgrade to v. 2. Second, new enhancements to the software give the portrait photographer even greater control and creative possibilities. If you’re not a current user, now’s a good time to give the program an honest evaluation. Imagenomic extends a 15-day, fully functional trial use period. The final image will bear a watermark, but that won’t prevent you from seeing the results this software can achieve.
One nice feature of Portraiture 2 is the new history control. Users now have access to an unlimited number of history states, along with resizable thumbnails. Users will also appreciate the capabilities in the Enhancements section. Sharpness, softness, warmth, tint, brightness and contrast all have sliders for independent adjustments. Using theses controls enables you to enhance the look of an image beyond the initial capture.
In the example above, I have increased contrast and added a few points of brightness. The result is a much higher contrast image than the capture. When there’s a check in the Use Mask box, the enhancements are applied only to those areas selected by the skin tones mask. With this box unselected, the enhancements are applied to the entire image.
While an image like this may not be Mom’s favorite, the high school senior himself might like it enough to purchase a set of wallets for his friends. At the very least, you can add more variety to your product offerings to help set you apart from your competition. Taking the time to set up actions in Photoshop will enable you to quickly batch process images with your Portraiture 2 skin enhancements or lighting changes incorporated.
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Watch for an in-depth look at Portraiture 2 and its creative capabilities in an upcoming issue of Professional Photographer magazine.