Photo-retouching -- before & after

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Iron Flatline, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. found this page of some images, before and after retouching.

    http://www.euphoria-imaging.com/portfolio.html

    Not all of the mouse-overs work. You have to click on each once to enable it, then it should work.

    Some of them are quite drastic, whereas some are relatively subtle.
     
  2. Big Mike

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    Every time I see these...it's like a wake up call. The models we see...really aren't the perfect goddesses that they are made out to be. It's surprising how much post processing goes into these types of shots. It's not just smoothing the skin and giving a little nip/tuck. They add shadows and highlights to change the lighting and add form where it wasn't...or wasn't visible.
     
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    What often surprises me is not so much the illusion of beauty on the part of the model, but the illusion of skill on the part of the photographer. Now I don't doubt for a second that post-processing is an essential part of photography that itself requires skill, but am I the only one thinking some of those original shots are really quite poorly lit? Sure that's the point of this particular site, to show what can be done by retouching, but I've seen a lot more of the same elsewhere.
     
  4. I work out at a very exclusive celebrity gym here in LA, and I talk with the trainers (and some of the aforementioned celebrities) about the insanity of the public image. What gets virtually no coverage is that these people spend months getting into shape for a 3-6 week shoot - super lean, very toned, all that. As soon as the shoot is over, they go back to eating actual food and reducing the exercise to 3x a week, an hour max, with regular cardio. Granted, they eat healthy throughout and keep up some exercise, but NO ONE looks like that year-round.
     
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    Those were my thoughts exactly.

    Although, I will admit, there were a couple I like the original better...
     
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    Same here. Some of those had crappy lighting. I don't think it's a good example of what happens normally in the industry. I think he's showing off his retouching skills. I know that some of the retouching can be extreme, but from what I've seen, they're starting from a better base.
     
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    Check this out.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U[/ame]

    I have to admit, I use the patch tool to lessen the wrinkles under the eyes, and use the liquify filter to fix eyes that aren't the same size, droopy eyelids, etc.... The best part is when a client calls and asks for a little retouch work on a portrait, completely unaware that I've already retouched the heck out of the version she's looking at.

    Is it just me? It seems like the more beautiful a person is, the more likely they will be bothered by tiny, hidden imperfections that shouldn't bother anyone. "Average looking" clients almost never ask me for retouching, but I've had several very beautiful women ask for a lot of retouching. One told me during the shoot that she'd be happy "as long as I don't look like a man" in the engagement portraits. She was drop dead gorgeous; I can't imagine what her last photographer did to make her look like a man. ;)
     
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    Ive had this happen with models a million times. I always have a good chuckle when they think they came to the shoot lookin that good :lol:
     
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    That site made me feel good about myself.
    I like seeing models with fly-aways on their hair and magazines at the checkout with everyone cellulite on the front.

    Theres alot of originals I liked better too.
    I didnt know there was something wrong with moles (i've always called them beauty marks) and freckles.

    How do they get the skin to look so nice and even?
    If anyone knows this trick please.... I'll be helpful during my next self portraits :)
     
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    Google 'Photoshop & skin'....and you will have days or weeks of reading to do. There are many techniques and everybody seems to do it or want it differently.
     
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    I just watched the other videos on YouTube and I cant help but think...
    "What have we done".
    We has in consumers, the computer age, etc.

    And people wonder why no one feels good about themselves.

    Wow.

    EDIT: This is why I shoot film and ONLY edit to make them look like originals when scanned. Besides being 'creative' and changing to b&w and messing with exposures.. but that's just for my own enjoyment and to learn photoshop.
     
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    This was going on long before digital. Many people still call it 'air-brushing'...because that's actually what they did...but I don't think there are many people still doing it that way.

    I agree though...it's sickening what how this is distorting people's perceptions...especially young girls. These before and after demonstrations should be required viewing in schools.
     

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