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Old 02-04-2011   #1
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I've been working on some headshots - this one went a bit over-the-top as far as my usual retouch job goes. In the process, however, I came to realize why I am insecure about retouching.

I don't usually judge people. I take folks for what/who they are and don't spend time finding fault, whether it be internal or external. When I make a change to a photo, I feel I'm making a statement about that person. Everything I change is something they probably would rather I not notice.

By the same token, I realize that's the whole point of retouching - so others won't notice those things - regardless, I'm uncomfortable making noticeable changes in an image. I think I need to get over that.

On this one I knocked down the redness, brightened eyes and teeth, a bit of skin smoothing, dodging, lifted a lazy lid, tucked in the ears, and replaced the shirt with a logo sweater from another subject who was about the same size and almost identical pose.

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Old 02-07-2011   #2
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It's a good retouch. I like what you did with the shirt. A good retouched image shouldn't look like it's been retouched. And if I only looked at your retouch, it doesn't look retouched at this resolution.

When retouching it is sometimes difficult to know how far to take the retouch. We have to consider the picture we are working on and the use. Here are some "guidelines" that I follow.

Character/Portraits -Refine the image without changing the persons defining traits. For instance, birthmarks can be lightened, wrinkles are made less deep, and scars can be made more prominent/exaggerated. These are some of the characteristics that help define the person. While blotchiness, zits, redness, bugers,etc are not permanent features should be removed.

Commercial- This falls under advertisement, product or company promotions, and people should look real but a little more perfect with clean skin, eye bags gone, shiny hair and bright eyes, remove birthmarks,scars or anything that distract from what is being sold or promoted. This is an addition to character retouch.

Iconic - This is when we retouch a famous person like a movie actor or a singer for example. Everything is retouched to perfection. Pretty much go to town with retouch. Perfect skin, perfect lip line, symmetrical facial features, perfect eye lashes, etc. body parts made thinner and or longer( like legs).
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Nicely done. You may be uncomfortable doing this kind of work, but it doesn't show. I don't think you went to far, and if you had just posted the retouch and not commented on the things you had done, I wouldn't have known. Again, nicely done.
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Very nicely done! Retouched without turning it into a lie.
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That's a good retouch! You need to come to work for me at my old-time studio if you want to get over any fear of retouching! Lol!
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Looks darn good to me. Definitely not over done but worth the time and effort.
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Great work especially the shirt
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Good job! Great!

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Zemlin, I saw this about when you first posted and didn't comment then. I should have. You made the subject (yourself) look better and no one looking at your retouched photo would be able to tell that you had done anything other than take the portrait. To me, that is the essence of retouching, improvement without calling attention to the improvement. Very well done indeed.
Thank you hexi for bringing this back up to the top so I could have the opportunity to comment also.
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Thanks to all.


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