Time for a little touch up?

Hey everyone knows that models that we see in magazines and the like get a little bit of touch up.  That’s no shocker…

A few days ago I was invited to this exclusive party full of models and photographers.  I was picturing a scene like in that episode of Seinfeld when George Costanza went to that secret party.  Well it was nothing like that.

It started with a little road trip with some photographer friends… and, well… more after the link… but we ended up talking a lot about Portraiture.  I decided to give it a whirl, and so I whipped up a little Portraiture Review for you.  I think it’s great, and I am shocked it took me so long to give it a run.

In the review, you can read more about the process and the software. You can also see the original photo, since people always seem to see the “Before” and “After” of these portrait shots! And, if you like modeling kinda shots, I have them mixed in this set here on Flickr, some of which are the product of my Textures Tutorial.

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  • Thanks Trey for sharing that. I am just thinking about the old days. When it was just a camera, film and a darkroom. It was all about painting with light. Now I find photography somewhat so complex with all the programms. I am not saying that I don’t like it but it seems like now you got to have this programm and that programm – it just keeps on adding up and the photography becomes more and more artificial. Thats why I still have some very old cameras, just not enough time to go and shoot with them, cause learning all the new programms keep me so busy….

  • Yeah, the blur and clone tools are wonderful things. I’m surprised you didn’t lighten the eye whites to make them pop! That seems to be a standard retouching tool for models.

  • Yes – well… there are other things I could have done to this one, such as lightening the eyes or removing the hair… but I wanted to JUST do what Portraiture could do, since that was kind of the purpose of the review. It wasn’t meant as an alpha-to-omega how to retouch a photo…

  • Ywah that stuff is fun, I like the catch light in her eye too. Turned out really good! I like doing the environmental portraiture but I like the gradient background. good job!

  • pal

    don’t forget preserving a natural look is very important, are you sure this shot needed so much of “touchups”? Especially under eyes skin looks a bit fake.

  • wow… i really like this post
    thanks guys

  • great post , great photoblog ,
    keep up the good work 🙂
    Kind regards,

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