portrait professional

Discussion in 'Photography' started by micky, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. micky

    micky Guest

    I have very little artistiic talent, but for those who do, is Portrait
    Professoinal anywhere near as good as it itself says it is?

    The 50 dollar version or is the 150 dollar version needed?

    More importantly, I'm sure someone somehow can touch up still
    photographs as well as it appears to be done at
    portraitprofessional.com but what about movies? It doesnt't seem
    possible to touch up every frame and have the faces look the same from
    frame to frame, so I assume they just touched up the actual faces.

    Is anything different with video. I'm thinking if they can colorize
    a movie with a computer, maybe they touch up f aces.


    (I looked at portraitprofessional.com once or twice and now every page
    I look at with ads has ads for portrait professional. Sometimes 4
    separate ads on the same page. Do they really think I'll buy it just
    because they pester me?)
    micky, Mar 15, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    No, no, no. Without the $1500 version you can't do much at all!

    Looking at their website, it looks like a great program to give people
    plastic looking skin.
    Don't waste your money.

    1. makeup (just enough to smooth a little, some imperfection is far
    better than plastered look). Various websites abound on products: but
    go for understated makeup.

    2. lighting (soft, diffused light, fill light + beauty dish or similar).

    3 poses: let that soft light get in there.
    Alan Browne, Mar 15, 2012
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    Vance Guest

    I have Portrait Pro and I have used it maybe 12 times and only for the mostminor stuff that would take a long time to do manually. Critical retouch I do manually because I am simply better at it. I also get paid for that type of stuff shooting commercially when the customer doesn't have their ownpeople do it.

    Vance, Mar 15, 2012
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    DanP Guest

    If you want an improvement work on your shots. Shoot a lot without thinkingtoo much and then see which ones you like and then think why you like them.. If you have no artistic talent at all like you say (and I do not believe it) using software will produce bad results as it depends on your artistic sense.

    There is no one click solution, especially when the shot is bad. Using software to fix shots requires a good eye.

    For portraits use a fast long lens and late afternoon sun, seek places withSun and shadows and move around.

    DanP, Mar 15, 2012
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    dadiOH Guest

    Any program is no better than the user's ability to use it.
    They are quite clear on the differences between the two. The prices just
    now are $40 vs $60 +-
    That's called "makeup". Also, "diffusers" and "soft focus lenses".
    Additionally, there is a big difference in how we perceive things between a
    still photograph that we can hold in our hand and examine minutely and movie
    frames zipping by at 24 fps.
    No, they think you may buy it if you are making portraits for sale to the
    subject. Believe me, very few customers want the harsh reality of their
    actual face. Especially women which is why they buy millions of dollars of
    cosmetics. And men aren't much less vain.

    Of course, what the program can do can also be done with most any graphic
    program given sufficient user experience and skill. Speaking as someone who
    has retouched many 1000s of negatives and prints, the ability to do so
    digitally is a wonderful thing; both faster and better.



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    dadiOH, Mar 15, 2012
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