Do you shoot a lot of living, breathing subjects?
One thing that a photographer suffers from while clicking a model is the flyaways!
Flyaways are the one, two or more strands of hair flying in unwanted directions, sometimes crossing your model’s face and some other times straying off into the empty space distracting the viewer from the beauty of the photograph.
The fact is they’re nearly inevitable during shoots – but also extremely distracting in finished products.
Learning to fix these flyaways in Photoshop can greatly benefit any photographer in improving the beauty of his/her photograph.
Flyaways are especially tricky because, unlike a lot of other elements on a shoot — like lighting, wardrobe issues, or posing — they’re nearly beyond control. No amount of hairspray can totally fend off the wind, which means if you’re going to take portraits outside, this is just something you’ll need to deal with.
Fortunately, it’s easier than you think to fix flyaways in Photoshop.
“There are so many ways to deal with flyaways,” says photographer and teacher Chris Orwig. Here’s how he handles them.
At First, you have to create a new layer. It’s always better to create a new layer while editing your photos, to ensure you’re not damaging your original image. You might need those back at some point!
Second, test out your spot healing brush. Sometimes, “you get lucky,” he says, and that’s enough to just erase them right out.
Third, to help taper out the hair, create another layer and use the same brush, but drop the opacity. This is a small detail, but it can make the image look really natural.
The goal, says Chris, is to make the subject look their absolute best, but to still “make them look real.” Don’t get too over-zealous with the healing brush; the goal is to reduce distractions, not erase them altogether. Just remember to create a new layer, and you’ll be able to play with the image as much as you want.
It’s easy and It’s a must to better your photograph!
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