Retouching and having fun.

Started Nov 15, 2012 | Discussions
Meuh
Meuh Veteran Member • Posts: 3,075
Retouching and having fun.
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Who does and doesn't retouch there images?
So I was shooting my cousins kids yesteday after dinner (just because I can :D) and one of my shots I loved was a test shot that was a little Overexposed. Detail was still there in the skin but the color information was wrong and lowering the EV just made it look odd.
So Anyway I did some retouching to fix that, clean up some things and made a nice image from it (the "retouched shot".. but I decided to have a little extra fun too.
Since I think that my cousins kid looks like a little Jakob I pulled an old forest shot I had from my hard drive as a background, some smoke textures to work as fog and try make an over the top movie type poster image.

I don't normally change backgrounds or do this sort of thing so it was a fun experiment and I just wanted to share.. the image contains SooC, Fixed and final image but you might have to view it larger to see it all

gooseta
gooseta Contributing Member • Posts: 707
Re: Retouching and having fun.

nice retouching skills, why did you change his shirt color?

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Meuh
OP Meuh Veteran Member • Posts: 3,075
Re: Retouching and having fun.

I just thought it suited the image more
The forest one was nothing more than a joke with my cousin with the twilight/jakob reference so I was just having some fun but him and his wife love it so its all good :D.
I got quite a few nice normal shot's of the kids in my little loft studio, it was just a spur of the moment thing after dinner and we where in the loft for around 15mins at most.

Mr Jam Regular Member • Posts: 328
Re: Retouching and having fun.

I used to do a lot of composits before.  One thing you want to consider in this image is that the lighting on the face is opposit of the background light.  There is a dark shadow line on the right side of the face toward the highlight of the forest.  If you either flip the forground or background then it will be a more convincing image when the bright side of the face is toward the background highlight.

Michael de Ruijter Contributing Member • Posts: 840
Re: Retouching and having fun.

It's well done for sure! Looks quite "natural".

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Meuh
OP Meuh Veteran Member • Posts: 3,075
Re: Retouching and having fun.

Mr Jam wrote:

I used to do a lot of composits before. One thing you want to consider in this image is that the lighting on the face is opposit of the background light. There is a dark shadow line on the right side of the face toward the highlight of the forest. If you either flip the forground or background then it will be a more convincing image when the bright side of the face is toward the background highlight.

I tried that with the background but it just looked as odd and I settled with this even though the lighting wasn't right,  I don't have much options when It comes to forest type backgrounds so I just made do with what I had. I also didn't want to flip him as some people can look a little odd when flipped (to there parents for example who see him all the time).
If I knew I was going to do this before hand, I'd have looked at what I had and light him appropriately but since it was just a bit of fun I just went with it but thank you for giving some advice, its always welcome

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