alienchow: Love all the "i hate retouching" and "In my county, women don't wear makeup" comments. Now that you can show your comment to your girlfriend, wife, significant other, friends, etc. so they can see what a sensitive, politically correct, western zen person you are, let's get back to reality.
If you want to be a professional portrait/beauty/fashion photographer, you will be doing this to some extent, or you won't be making money.
Please realize that by choosing what lighting, focal length, f-stop,background, etc you will be using, you have already retouched the person. Do you take portraits of someone when they roll out of bed in the morning? That is about as natural as they can get. Photoshop is just another tool. You either learn how to use it, or you are behind in the game.. Just learn some discretion, as mentioned in the article.
Uh, I'm 43. Been in a darkroom since I was 5. So, retouching with film and developer selections and print manipulation is different from photoshop. Yeah. Shooting B&W with a 25 red and opening up a stop or two, then burning and dodging in the darkroom is really different. Right. Oh, and that Zeiss Softar doesn't count either. Come on.
Responsible for perpetuating this unattainable look? Perhaps we should destroy all classical sculpture/paintings for perpetuating this unattainable look.
For editorial work today? Where have you been for the last 37 years? I didn't realize editorial shots weren't retouched 'till photoshop came around.
I never said anything about going for a plastic or ceramic look. Notice the phrases "to some extent" and "learn some discretion." If someone shows up with a big pimple on the end of their nose, or severely blotchy skin, you wouldn't fix it? Even if your client asked you to? Please.
geminihc: great article! i learned some new tricks , especially about the red channel blur to make skin smooth.
BUT can you go into abit more detail why the red channel specifically?
No. 25 and T-Max 100 @ 25. Magic bullet back in the day. I don't want to go back any farther. That was long enough!
Love all the "i hate retouching" and "In my county, women don't wear makeup" comments. Now that you can show your comment to your girlfriend, wife, significant other, friends, etc. so they can see what a sensitive, politically correct, western zen person you are, let's get back to reality.