Here's a pic of my cat, a Norwegian Forest Cat, her name is Puddy, though, when I found her as a kitten at my place of work, a fish plant, I originally named her "Blue" as in Blue Catfish. Haha
camera, Nikon D200, Two flashes, a Nikon SB800 on Camera bounce style with white card and a Nikon SB80DX sitting on the floor as you can see the lower catch light in "Her" left eye.
Now, photoshop. Well, in CS3 camera raw, fine adjustments. Effect, there's a method out there that is used on skin, all sorts of names, from "prettysizer, gaussian blur, median, dust scratches, noise reduction, noise ninja, neat image." and so on and so forth.
I did so using Gaussian Blur, however, I only used it on the background, as you can see, the hair does not look "Stiff, Buttery, Smooth, Pixelated, Plastic, Hard, Flat." The hair retained details.
When I applied the Gaussian Blur at 20, I also clicked mask and created a 50% gray to paint back in the CAT, using the brush tool, reduced opacity at overlay.
If you are working on skin, same thing can be done, YOU MUST, erase back, Hair, Jewelry, eyes, lips, clothes, that way it won't look as obvious. Whether you do this on your own or an action. I choose a soft brush at 100 and depends on the job, either 100% opacity or 24-30. In this case, it wasn't skin, so, 100% opacity was chosen.
Next Tute, I'll post a Portrait of a model and I'll do a step by step Tute on a basic face job.
Until Next time, here's Puddy.