The High-Contrast Portrait Look

Lightroom’s Clarity slider increases midtone contrast, and does a pretty nice job of enhancing texture and giving your subjects a gritty look, but if you really want to take it to the next level, jump over to Photoshop and apply this high-contrast, mutli-layer tonal contrast effect. This is a simplified version of a technique I learned from German retoucher Calvin Hollywood, who shared his technique during a stint as my special guest blogger on my blog ( Step One: Open the image you want to apply a high-contrast look to in Photoshop. This effect seems to look best on (Read more...)