Photography training photoshop retouching

Photography training photoshop retouching


In our industry, some degree of retouching is expected. Subtle retouching can have a very pleasing result for the client (key word being subtle). In October I wrote about retouching stray hairs. In this article, I tackle skin and eye retouching. I’m going to show you how to subtly retouch skin in a way that’s not distracting or unrealistic. I’ll also show you some techniques for retouching eyes and adding a slight pop.

Retouching has been quite the hot topic lately. Recently, Lady Gaga was up in arms over her image on the cover of Glamour. In my opinion, retouching isn’t really the issue—irresponsible over-retouching is.

What exactly is considered over-retouching? In my view, it’s anytime a body or face is manipulated to seem drastically thinner. When skin is so smooth you can’t see its natural texture. When shadows in and around the eyes are completely removed, causing eyes to fall flat instead of looking spherical. When hair

is so badly retouched it looks like a helmet. Editors for years have literally painted a picture of what “perfection” is.

Get the full story

To read the full article, launch the digital version of the December 2013 magazine.

You might also like:

Leave a Reply

Want more content like this?

Check out our recent posts

on camera direct flash tutorial thumbnail

On Camera Direct Flash Tutorial

Have you tried using on-camera flash for your studio portraits? As a professional photographer, I’ve always been taught to take the flash off camera to create more directional light. In this video of on camera direct flash tutorial for lighting, I will show you how to work quickly and easily using on-camera flash to create some very unique and interesting portraits.

Read More »
5 easy poses for boudoir photography thumbnail

5 Easy Poses for Boudoir Photography

Posing for boudoir photography is always a challenge. In this video, I will show you some easy tips to posing your clients. Not every client is a model – so we need to find an easy set of poses to get them started. Once they get comfortable in front of the camera, you can then work on more advanced poses and lighting techniques to build on for the images you create.

Read More »