How to Quickly Deal With Dark Eye Sockets In Photoshop

How to Quickly Deal With Dark Eye Sockets In Photoshop
How to Fix Dark Sockets by Thomas Shue 2013 Lilsamedia (1 of 2)
How to Fix Dark Sockets by Thomas Shue 2013 Lilsamedia (2 of 2)
Have you ever had to do a shoot in a room where the lights are all over head, and they are causing nasty shadows? Let me let you in on a little secret, you do it all of the time and you just don’t know it. That’s right when you shoot outside, the sun is the overhead light source. You might be saying but I shoot my clients in the shade, so the sun really isn’t a factor. Well I am here to tell you that even when you shoot in open shade (shade where the open sky is above your subject’s head), you are still dealing with the problems caused by an overhead light source… This problem is shadows, and in particular shadows in the eye sockets, that just look terrible.

Lets face it, sometimes you just can’t use flash or a reflector to open up the shadows. Sometimes you can’t direct your subjects to face this way or that. Sometimes you just have to shoot and get what you can and fix it in post. Yeah, I said it…”Fix It In Post”. Not every image is meant for the cover of Vogue, or destined to be a master print. Lets face it, social networking displays billions of images a year that are just terrible. Have you ever been given a job where the client says, ” I am hiring you to do a shoot for Facebook”? Well I have, they didn’t say it exactly like that, but they did say I need you to cover this event and give me the files for social networking and a press/media kit. These types of images don’t have a really high artistic value. What matters most, is that these images help to support the clients story, event, or news.

I have to say, as a photographer, these types of images aren’t so much fun to make, but they do pay the bills. I really want to use all of my professional tools to deliver the best work I can, but as I said earlier, some images just aren’t ever going to be art, but they are still very valuable, none the less. When you are forced to make images with one hand tied behind your back (no flash or light making aids), it’s important for you to deliver images that are better than everyone else that happens to be covering the same event. This is where today’s tutorial comes in to play. If learn this simple technique, you can quickly fix those dark eye sockets, shadows caused by bangs, or any other unwanted shadows in a matter of just a few seconds.

Spend a few minutes watching the video below, and thanks for taking time to visit today, Sincerely, Thomas Shue

  1. Nice to have you back. You had me worried. How are you doing?

    • Hope Lardiere
    • Oct 2nd. 2013 9:06am

    I was concerned about you Tom and debated whether to email you or not to ask how you were doing. I know your wife cares about you very much, as well as those beautiful daughters of yours, so I know they would take very good care of you, if it was necessary. I checked out your Twitter site yesterday and saw that you had just posted to it, so I felt you were okay.

    Like Lorin, I am very happy to see you writing on your blog again.

    Your health and your family are more important than anything else in this world.

  2. I am doing well. I had to take some time to take care of a few things. I love to write and I love photography, but it was becoming a chore instead of a passion. Sometimes in life you have to sit back and survey your situation. I plan to do lots of more posts in the future, however I want to ease back into it. Thanks for comments Lorin and Hope, you folks are great people and I am glad you are members of this blog. T

    • Heather
    • Oct 6th. 2013 10:58am

    Thanks for the tutorial – it was very helpful and not too lengthy or overbearing. I’ll be watching many more.

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