Shining the Spotlight on Retouching

Posted on 15. Dec, 2016 by in Technology Services And Companies

Although good photographers can take wonderful shots, there’s not much they can do about unattractive backgrounds, unsightly locations, weather conditions, reflections and other undesirable distractions. When you take photos outdoors, you are largely at the mercy of mother nature, so it is not always possible to get the shots you want.

Digital editors take existing photos from photographers, with the intention of enhancing their composition, to convey the vision more succinctly and give clients value for money.

When most people think of retouching, they think of blemish removals from the faces of models on billboard advertisements. However, the procedure is used for many other purposes as well.


Photography Outdoors

Think about cases where several shots are taken of fashion models, outdoors in daytime locations. Throughout the day, photographs are taken in the natural light, which changes as the day progresses when the sun moves through the sky. Photographers reposition their cameras and change the places for models to stand, to obtain the best natural light possible. However, in the end, their options are fairly limited, so the results are not always up to standard.

Improving the Clarity of Images by Retouching Outdoor Photos

Retouching the photographs from such outdoor photo shoots offers ways to eliminate undesirable reflections in the windows of buildings close to where the models were standing. Photos with fading light receive this treatment to increase the levels of light, and make the models more visible. The light level in every photo is altered with a white and black layer, which increases the balance of soft light. This is especially helpful to adjust the appearance of the background.

Depicting the Models in Photos in the Best Light

Imperfections, anything from archived photo damage to skin wrinkles, is taken off using artist equipment in software suites, such as Adobe Photoshop. Hair color adjustments, skin lightening, facial slim downs, freckle removal, and even putting eye catching reflections in the glasses worn by models are all possibilities.

Putting a subtle tattoo on a model’s neck, changing their makeup, and accentuating the additional color in their cheeks all helps to improve the final photograph, ready for printing or publication online.

Photographic Realism

As far as the final shots go, photographic realism is essential. Enhancing photographs using different retouching methods ensures that fashion models look perfect and backgrounds look ‘cleaner’. Anything that appears unnatural in a still photograph stands out painfully, and destroys the overall image. Certainly, the photograph might look better than the original still image, however to the naked eye the end result should still appear natural. If this does not happen, the process of retouching has not passed the real life test.


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