Retouch Q- contrast/light?

Started Jan 6, 2014 | Questions thread
tom60634 Senior Member • Posts: 2,130
Re: Retouch Q- contrast/light?

SoCalArtist wrote:

I am new to retouching and I'm curious how to get a photo from


to here


Does the original photo need to have been taken in natural light, as the goal photo clearly is, or is it something that can be achieved through retouching? Curious what y'all would do.

Note: original photo not taken to mimic goal photo, it just happened to match. I'm a fan of this photographers work and would like to work to get my photos similar in style/lighting. I use Gimp, but I also have photoshop elements.

Thanks in advance for your help!

A quick edit to brighten and smooth model, lighten the background. I used NIK's Viveza  to even out the lighting. Photoshop was used for selective color, luminosity and sharpening edits.

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