I admit it! It's been way too long since I've done a blog post. I could rattle off excuses, but what's the point? Let's get on with the blog post: Recently I put together a photo project with a local company, Pro Kneads, who was looking to create some images for their web site. I'm surely going to post some of them to my portfolio, soon. However, I wanted to make a quick blog post of some of the retouching work that I did. Retouching faces can be quite challenging. As a photographer, I want to preserve detail while eliminating blemishes, color patches, and any blotchiness. So many photographers do it the easy way and remove all the skin texture, giving almost a smooth, plastic look. In all honesty, that approach is fine for the right client, for certain budgets. I prefer more realistic retouching techniques. I'll often use a technique called frequency separation. Name aside, it's a technique that allows me to retouch the color separately from the texture, which allows me to retain a natural looking appearance, and who doesn't want that?
Below is the before image, alongside the retouched, after image. I think you'll agree that the transformation is not only amazing, but also very beautiful and flattering.
Furthermore, I do want to add that the client was looking for a dramatic, contrasty image that had blues in the shadows and blacks. That's the reason for the color tone and treatment here. Here's the final image as delivered to my client:
Lastly, the client was looking for an image that conveyed the fact that their services were mobile--that they come to their client's home. That's why we captured this image outdoors using studio lights to get that great light for the client.