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Old 08-21-2007, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We seem to have running discussions about when retouching goes too far, or not far enough, etc. Certainly retouching is often predicated on the needs of a publication or a person who is paying the bills.

In this post I'm provided three photos. The first photo is as it came out of the camera (only cropping has been done). The second photo represents skin retouching and sharpening that is taken to the half way point and the last image has it all the way. The technique I used takes about 1 minute for basic sharpening and application of makeup to the skin. That got me to photo #3. I then set the opacity to 50% and that became photo #2. Photo #1 is before any work was done as already stated. So here are the photos:






Keep in mind that other corrections would normally be done and should be done to this photo, but I'll leave that as a challenge to anyone that wants to give it a shot.

Finally, which version do you prefer and why?

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Old 08-22-2007, 02:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Mr Smith!

Well I surely like the second one best. Why ?

The first picture seems to have a high shadow to highlight ratio with the light coming from a high angle, which makes her skin look uneven- not very pretty. Too much character for a woman.

The third one seems unnaturally smooth. Especially if one has seen the first picture. The glowing skin does not complement the high ratio lighting, I think. As a high key maybe... And of course it looks a little plastic, does something unnatural to her eyes too.

So that leaves the second one for me

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Here is one at 75% or half way in between the original #2 and #3. What do you think?

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RFS,

All three are nice, but I like # 2 and the 75% version. But as you mentioned the amount of post production is determined by the final use of the photo.

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And what do you think about this version?




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The technique I used takes about 1 minute for basic sharpening and application of makeup to the skin.
I suck at PS! The reason I usually only adjust curves and w/b is because it takes me 1 1/2hrs to do any type of "Retouching" and then it's OK at best.

This took over 1 1/2hrs:

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My fast work on this photo:



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I wonder if the white spot on the lip (probably a specular) should not be corrected since it seems to stand out very distinctly.
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I wonder if the white spot on the lip (probably a specular) should not be corrected since it seems to stand out very distinctly.
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My fast work on this photo
I hate PS!

What was "fast" for you is much better then my 1 1/2hrs of work. Unfortunately I can't afford your $40 / photo price for retouching...
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