If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably seen a few comments about photo retouching and enhancements. How much is too much? There really is no right or wrong answer to that. It has to do with personal preference and style. Having your own style is great as a photographer. There’s only so much you can do in camera shooting in manual mode.
I do love creating art in Photoshop that goes a bit beyond basic retouching and enhancing. I also realize that after I’ve done so, it’s just that – art. It’s no longer a just a portrait, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It all depends on the look you’re going for and what your client wants.
That being said, I can absolutely heavily airbrush your portrait if that’s what you desire. It’s not my favorite look (keeping it real), but your portraits are about you – not me.
Here is an example of my retouching and enhancing style.
The “after” photo is on the left. I haven’t found a way (if even possible) to switch the order of photos in a layout in Lightroom.
Since very little needed to be done with this near-perfect skin, I’ll do a future post featuring someone who requires a bit more work. I thought about calling these posts “Fix-it Friday”, but I don’t want it to imply that anyone needs fixing.