Flawless: The Secrets of Skin with Sarah Wilkerson

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DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH SKIN? Join Sarah Wilkerson as she walks you through the ins and outs of shooting and processing to achieve the color, tonality, and texture of skin that will make your images extraordinary. You’ll learn:

• How the color, quality, and direction of light, combined with exposure, influence the way you capture skin in-camera

• Comprehensive processing techniques to achieve beautiful skin across ethnicities in both Photoshop and Lightroom.*

• High end retouching methods for men, women, children, and newborns

• Correcting pesky color casts, managing diverse skin in multi-ethnic groups, and a bonus Lightroom discussion that addresses how to achieve beautiful skin in black and white

The 221 page PDF, which includes skin color and tone flowcharts and workflows for Photoshop and Lightroom, also comes with the following supplementary tools and materials:

60 minute Q&A video based on student questions submitted during the online seminar
8 editing videos (4 PS, 4 LR) based on student images submitted during the online seminar
7 Photoshop Actions
5 Lightroom Custom Adjustment Brushes
Image pack with over 24 high-res follow along images
Printables section for easy black and white printing of formula and flow charts

* Techniques are applicable to Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC (also may be applied to Photoshop CS3 or later / Lightroom 5 or later).

*Please note: All items in this listing are digital downloads that must be downloaded to a computer (you may transfer to an iPad after your original download to a computer).  Due to the nature of digital downloads, they are non-refundable.

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  • 5
    Where have you been???

    Posted by Kyla Hornberger on 12th Apr 2016

    This is a must have and worth every penny. I have searched through endless tutorials and book to find this info.... I would saved so much time had I bought it sooner!

  • 5
    A Must Have if You Have (or are Contemplating) Professional Portrait Photography

    Posted by Nancy Armstrong on 26th Dec 2015

    This breakout was so chock full of information I found useful - it helped me understand what really good skin exposure and color is and why "getting skin right" is so hard for so photographers (including many professionals). I now know exactly how to get the correct exposure for skin and how to fix any problems in post processing - both in Photoshop and in Lightroom. This breakout covers every possible situation a photographer might encounter related to different skin types, but it is not just about skin. It's also about color post-processing in general. I am not a novice photographer, and there was so much information that was either (a) new to me or (b) explained in a way that finally made sense. The best money I have spent on photography education.

  • 5
    Better than I hoped for

    Posted by Linnae on 15th Jan 2014

    I have been a photographer for 20 years but I only became a professional portrait photographer 2 years ago. I was hoping this eclass wouldn't be too "beginner level". Ii isn't. I learned so much and the great thing is the class is designed for all levels. It is very organized, detailed yet concise. I highly recommend it to any portrait photographer who wants to nail skin color!

  • 5

    Posted by Tara on 13th Dec 2013

    I cannot recommend this enough - Sarah goes above and way beyond in this breakout! My client portraits have NEVER been this color accurate... and I thought they were!! But now, they're on a whole different level. 100% true to the eye color. I have read the materials over & over and learn something new each time. If you have ever gotten back a print and thought it could be a bit better or needed a bit more "realistic" ooomph, then this is going to rock your world. Worth every penny...

  • 5

    Posted by Heather N. on 7th May 2013

    This is a must by for any portrait photographer! It will give you everything you need to get accurate and beautiful skin tones in your images.

  • 5
    Flawless is a breakout created with generosity, love and full intention.

    Posted by Gladys H on 24th Mar 2013

    Flawless is a breakout created with generosity, love and full intention. The breakout is jam packed with information to help you get the best skin you can in your images. It is easy to get overwhelmed when you see a huge PDF brimming with content but Sarah gives us a “disclaimer” that her breakout is not meant to be devoured and digested in one sitting. For me, I am plan on reading and doing, reading and doing till shooting best for skin becomes second nature. For me, my mastery goals for photography is a journey, not a quick means to an end, so I am OK with the size and depth of this breakout. I highly suggest it.

  • 5
    I simply can’t recommend this more. It will change your life!

    Posted by Holly Goodwin on 24th Mar 2013

    I simply can’t recommend this more. It will change your life! Covers skintone corrections in both Photoshop and Lightroom. You will spending AT LEAST weeks digesting all of the rich knowledge in this eCourse. Worth. Every. Penny!

  • 4
    Wow! This is heavy stuff.

    Posted by monettea on 24th Mar 2013

    Wow! This is heavy stuff. When I first started I thought a lot of this was way over my head and I’d gotten in too deep. It really helped me to find the holes in my knowledge though and so some of the things I researched separately (zone system, spot metering, ETTR) and I think it’s really helped even the way I take photos for flattering skin. Not super useful if you use Elements and it sounds like she recommends using CS5 and the even some of her basic edits don’t really translate into Elements usability (there may be ways to do some of her edits though the menus looks really different but already without being able to use ProPhoto RGB and 16 bit in Elements, you’re behind) and she very highly recommends photoshop CS for most accurate skin readabilility at least til you train your eyes. However, she does teach you how to read and adjust the RGB values in Lightroom and offers just as many Lightroom adjustments and follow alongs as she does with CS. Overall I would definitely recommend this workshop, I learned a ton and though I never think my eye will be as great as hers (hopefully with some training it will improve) and she saw things I never would think of or understand her thought process (too much magenta in face creases, what have I gotten myself into1?)I have seen a huge improvement in my photos and it does make me think about trying to identify the correct skin tones and keep my eye on it in processing. It was especially helpful where she talks about correcting skin for more than one ethnicity since I am very fair skinned with a dark skinned African American husband and light skinned son and I feel comfortable making these edits now. I think I will definitely be referring back to this frequently and can continue to learn from it as my photography knowledge increases as well and more of the pieces fit together.