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Old 12-17-2004, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I went to a local salon on Wednesday, as some of you may know. I shot about 25 people. When it was all said and done I shot about 400 frames and was there for 12 hours.

Here is a sample of some of the images. They were taken for submission to look magazines, so we were going for standard headshots.

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Old 12-17-2004, 04:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm a novice who's not qualified to critique. I'm just curious if you'll do any additional post production touch up?
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Old 12-17-2004, 04:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What do you mean? I've already done some color correction and removed a nose ring from one of the shots. What else do you think they need?

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Old 12-17-2004, 05:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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They look great.

I'd actually like to know how far a photographer should go in touching up photos or removing blemishes, shine, etc... I think back to my high school photograph, I look great in it because the photographer was nice enough to tone down the 1 large pimple I had over my lip.

How much is too much. Do some people get insulted?

Example: Your 3rd picture, it's a great shot but I was a little drawn to the left side (her right) of her chin. Should those 2 small scars or shadows be touched up? Also, #4's lip has some shine on her upper lip that caught my eye. I must say though, they all have great hair. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Again, I'm a complete novice just getting into photography. It's more likely I'd OVER do something like this than do it perfectly.

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Old 12-17-2004, 06:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The only way to do something perfect doesn't exist. If you overdo it some, just go back to the original and don't do it as much. You do work on copies right?

The shine on the fourth image I should probably retouch. These are images as the clients are seeing them. The reason you are seeing the scars on the third image is because she really has them. It's also probably being exaserbated by the compression as well.

Here's what I do as a basic retouch:

    [*]Color corrections using levels and brightness and contrast[*]Whiten the whites of the eyes and the teeth slightly to make the image pop[*]Remove any minor blemishes (pimples)[/list]That's it. I explain to the client that I can give their skin a porcelain texture, most do not opt for it as it costs more. Unless they ask me, I do not remove noticeable facial features, such as scars, lines, or beauty marks. It's part of them, if they want it gone, let them pay me extra for it. You kinda start crossing the line between likeness documentation and painting what they want to look like. There's nothing wrong with that in portraiture or eye candy type photography. But don't make extra work for yourself if you don't have to.

    Thanks for pointing out that shine for me. I appreciate it.
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Old 12-17-2004, 07:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I agree with you about doing extra work for free, but .... . I found that taking the 5 or 6 seconds need to not remove facial scars nd blemishes, but to reduce their visibility with the clone tool, gave me increased sales. I'm not talking about going over all of the face, just touching the most visible problems, Sometimes that made the difference between selling a 5x7" portrait, and a wall hanging size enlargement.

But with that said, you are on the right track. Those are some nice shots. Just don't forget marketing them to the subjects as portraits, that's free income.
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when doing headshots that are going to be used for auditions or submissions, very little touch up. I have had the luxury of being an aquaintance with a casting director from LA and has an office in Austin. Pet peeve number 1: disheveled talent appearance (Austin mentality?), #2: talent doesn't look like photo (crows feet romoved, moles removed, scars missing, ect.).

Taking out pimples and lightening dark circles is acceptable, but if you want to truly represent the person in the photo, don't go PS happy.

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