Hello Chris, great post! I am a little confused about the rotation you described, could you post those versions? Yes the skin tone was due to the lighting being a little challenging, they were not sit down sessions but rather quick photos between our dialogue. The Lazlo effect is really a tutorial that I saw in a forum and I changed for my style of photography
Glad you did not find my comments offensive
By rotation, I meant that in PS, Image>Rotate Canvas>Flip Canvas Horizontal. Some images, like these two, would look quite different while at the same time maintain the context and objectivity. But some would consider this too "manipulative". Would like to hear what you think about the rotations.
Since I also shoot such portraits in available light, I do appreciate the challenges. We can't control/adjust the lighting, the subject posing, or the background. We can only shoot a lot, with different compositions, and pray for luck. Your two images, after editing the originals, address these problems very well. As I said, I was being VERY picky about the skin tone differences. OTOH, this is something that can be easily corrected digitally, if so desired.
Do you have a link for that Lazio effect tutorial?