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Nino Batista is a model photographer in the United States. His work is regularly seen in lifestyle and men's publications the world over, including many international editions of Playboy, FHM, and more.
Here Nino walks you through various shooting scenarios he uses to create his work and how those environments need a different focus when retouching skin.
Nino divides his RAW processing into stages. In this particular clean up, Nino demonstrates how he uses Capture One to prepare three images at once for importing in Photoshop, planning for needing matching sets.
When you are focusing on skin work, you have to start with the best skin possible. So where does that begin? Nino talks about his go-to tools in cleaning up skin imperfections, small creases, and minor fly away hairs.
Again dodge and burn takes a prominent place in Nino’s workflow. Nino will tell you time and time again that dodge and burn is a time-intensive process but like anything else the more you do it the faster it starts to go. In this hard light, high contrast image Nino needs to take a build-up appro...
Starting with merging all the layers, Nino uses his (included) plugin to run a frequency separation on the image. In this case, Nino paints nearly every section of skin, often over “painting” to keep the strokes looking natural and worrying about masking the overspray later. This method needs to...
Nino uses liquify for corrections and stylistic choices, and done with anatomy/physique kept in mind. Common in glamour work is an abdominal crease - Nino shows you his technique for minimizing this issue.
Nino introduces noise to his image to provide overall harmony to the effects while also using noise to add texture back to the frame. Finding the balance between the previous layers of the edits is critical to your image's final success.
Secondary correction is a moment when Nino pauses to take an objective overview of his image. Getting certain areas under control will allow the image to take the color grading even better. This is a fine-tuning phase. Nino will often use his face focus action here to direct the viewer's attentio...
Opening with the gradient map and then selective color and color balance adjustment layers to achieve the muted warm aesthetic that Nino goes for. Nino will again explore why layer order matters tremendously in his color grading process.
Here Nino is focusing on image “compression” using his custom action, which is included in your downloads section. Using a levels adjustment layer, Nino works on the overall final contrast of the image in micro increments.
Always finishing his final steps of any edit with making sure there is harmony between a set of images - this is a set many photographers do not consider but is critical for those seeking publication. Matching sets will present a cohesive overall story.
Model Lindsay shares her perspective on the Glamour industry, struggles with other people’s thoughts on glamour, and why she finds it empowering. Nino interviews Lindsay to help us understand why women pose for glamour photos.
Shelby by the Pool - The Culling, Selection, and Retouching Plan
Nino divides his photos into similar images and looks at all his images as a whole. His synced process helps him narrow his images down to his “hero image”. Your shot selection should never be taken lightly.
Nino starts in Capture One to control highlights, white balance, and shadow recovery. He talks about why Capture One is his choice for a RAW processor. In this particular image, he introduces a small vignette to draw attention to the model. Vignetting is certainly one of those things that, when u...
Dodge and burn is so integral to the skin retouching process. This time-intensive process helps minimize skin imperfections and balance transitions from light to dark in your images. The easy way to think about this is helping pixels match the images that are near them.
Dodge and burn are done, but we have several color options in this image that will come into play in this phase. We will need to take care of that color cast on the leg from the pool water. Mixed with the work we just did on the hand in dodge and burn, we have a few unique challenges to address. ...
In this secondary correction, we have a very large fix to address. This one is less fine-tuning and more addressing a large color problem. Doing color work of this degree will require repainting of the colors.
Based on gradient map overlays and then various adjustment layers to achieve the muted warm aesthetic, this is Nino’s favorite part. This is where Nino is getting creative vs fixing parts of the image.
While doing the finalization Nino is looking at the overall intent of his image. Has he achieved his intent? There is not a “typical” process here. This is the final look to make sure the image remains polished.