Retouching portraits isn’t at all uncommon, and most photographers include it in their services. But if we talk about portraits of children, this becomes a rather sensitive topic. Journalist Sam Walker recently expressed her outrage with a school photographer who offered “basic and premium retouching” for annual school photos of eight-year-olds. The packages included blemish removal, teeth whitening, and evening skin tones.
I think that choosing to get married is one of the most important decisions in your life. And choosing the right photographer to document this day is certainly a big decision, too. Sadly, there are many unprofessional photographers out there who can ruin your big day. This happened to a New Zealand couple, who got unpleasantly surprised after seeing their wedding photos. The bride was photoshopped to look skinnier, and when they asked for the original files – the photographer claimed that he deleted them.
Recently, while I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I stumbled upon this sentence about people’s appearance: “If they can’t fix it in 10 seconds, don’t point it out.” It’s a very clever thought, and I immediately connected it with the retouching process and the rules for retouching people.
Based on this quote, I came up with a reminder of what you should change in Photoshop, and what should remain as-is when retouching photos of people. To keep things clear, I refer mostly to portraits and headshots, as well as wedding or event photos. There are other rules for retouching beauty and fashion images (although I still think you shouldn’t overdo it, but that’s just my two cents). So, let’s get started.
Just like photographers, retouchers offer a wide range of services and charge different prices. In this fun video, Irene Rudnyk decided to test out what happens when you hire photo retouchers of different rates: going from $0.25 per image. I guess you can already imagine how this will end. And yes, it’s hilarious.
Stefan Kohler of RAWexchange recently came to realize that his oldest .psd file is 15 years old. That’s a lot of retouching, isn’t it? This led him to contemplate everything he’s learned from all these years of retouching, and he came up with five essential tips that will help all of you who still don’t have much experience in this field.
While Stefan mainly retouches portraits and beauty photos, these tips are the essence of his 15-year experience. And no matter the type of photos you usually edit in Photoshop, you’ll find these tips useful.
Removing blemishes is certainly one of the reasons we retouch portraits. And when you’re retouching beauty shots, you don’t want to leave any of them unhealed. Unmesh Dinda a.k.a. PiXimperfect shares a simple trick you can use while removing blemishes in Photoshop. It helps you see them better, and even see the ones that are not obvious at the first glance.
Before we begin, I must start this piece off by saying that I’m referring specifically to collaborations on social media/magazines, where the aim is to grow your fanbase/audiences, when appropriate, and all parties agree on written credit.
Hello guys and girls! *waves* welcome back to another blog post! I have to warn you up front that this one is somewhat of a baby megalodon in size, but don’t worry! There are pictures :D
I’ve noticed over the last few years that retouchers are one of the rarest things to see in the credit list of a team. So I wanted to investigate further and start looking at why this may or may not happen and if it does happen to you (as a retoucher), what you could potentially do about it.
This is definitely from my own experience and may not reflect other people’s, though I do believe this to be quite commonplace, more so if an agreement was not in place.
Once, the idea of rotating my canvas when retouching was jarring to me. I knew it was something my peers were doing but I just couldn’t be bothered to try it myself.
After a few one on one lessons where I was “forced” to do it by David Neilands, I actually found a surprising improvement in not only the end result but also in identifying problems quicker with fewer revisions.
Rotating the canvas is actually a technique that was popularised by Pratik Naik of Solstice Retouch. The guy knows his stuff, he won retoucher of the year last year!
How many old photos do you have in your family archives that seem to be damaged beyond repair? Ukrainian photo retoucher magician Tetyana Dyachenko would be able to restore them. She specializes in photo retouching and uses this skill to restore old photos. Thanks to her Photoshop skills and eye for detail, she gives new life to even the most damaged photos.