Portrait Retouching with Lightroom

Portrait Retouching with Lightroom


As a portrait retoucher, I admit that smart objects and their capabilities of nondestructive editing were once a bit foreign to me. I knew I had to grasp the concept, but couldn’t understand how they were applicable to my kind of work. To many photographers’ delight, Lightroom 5 has brought the concepts of nondestructive editing to portrait retouching. In this article, I’ll touch on a few tools and tips that will reinvent how you edit portraits.
One day, it all clicked for me.

I found myself at a Starbucks in line behind photographer and instructor RC Concepcion when Kelby’s Photoshop World was in town. I begged him to explain the concept. I knew all I needed was one real-world example to make it make sense.
“Smart objects aren’t ideal for people who do pixel-based editing,” said RC.

At the end of our conversation, he remarked, “Well, it seems like you already know how to use the hammer, so now go build the house!”

Get the full story

To read the full article, launch the digital version of the June 2014 magazine.

You might also like:

This Post Has One Comment

  1. Dr.Al

    Great job on the image in Lightroom

Leave a Reply

Want more content like this?

Check out our recent posts

new westcott fusion by salvatore cincotta thumbnail

New Westcott Fusion by Salvatore Cincotta

The new Westcott Fusion by Sal Cincotta is something I’ve been working on with Westcott for a couple of years now. It’s an incredible product that will give you more lighting possibilities than you could imagine.

Check out this on location shoot and how we use the product. More videos coming.

Read More »
yt thumbnail lightingsetupsforhighschoolseniors

Quick and Easy Lighting Setups for High School Seniors

Lighting doesn’t have to be complicated when it comes to your photography lighting set-ups. In this video, we show you some easy ways to get beautiful portrait lighting in a quick and easy way.

This studio lighting tutorial is perfect for beginning photographers and advanced photographers as well.

Read More »