I tend to use it in this order: Lightroom>Photoshop>Nik or Alien skin>Photoshop>Lightroom tweaks>export from LR.
My computer is very laggy at the moment so I've stopped using all plugins. I don't get on with them as stand alones because I have presets that I like to use e.g. contrast.
Quick thanks to everyone who gave me harsh critique - for my next session I kept the 23mm locked away and refused to use Alien Skin ... and I got back to my signature style!
Incidentally, I'm thinking of trading my fuji 35mm or 23mm for something squeaky sharp like the 56mm (fav lens that I...
Thanks for your observations @gazmorton2000 You know I'm a fan of your work.
@Phrasemaker #1 was with the 23mm, as were all the brown backdrops. I was careful to keep the non-model's face in the center of the lens, but you can see the distortion towards the arms at the bottom of the frame...
Thanks everyone for their comments.
@Kodiak Qc I always respect your opinion. Thanks
Everyone's comments about the colour processing is spot on, I'd reinstalled Alien Skin and was having a play.
I also appreciate your observations about skin colour - always the holy grail.
@wambam @sk66 You...
Just wanted to share some recent portraits as I've not been active for a while. Happy for CC on my photography (but not the model).
I've used a different skin processing approach here - I don't know if it looks too perfect?