Digital Photo Retouching

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The purpose of photo retouching is to remove distractions and make the image look polished and professional. When we are bombarded daily with so many crummy cell phone images, seeing a nice looking photo can be a rewarding experience.

The retouched image does more than just make the subject matter look more attractive. It makes the image itself more attractive. That means that the image gets more attention and more viewers. Whether in an ad or on a model or dating website that makes the image do a better job.

I do retouching for my clients, ad agencies, and other photographers. Different clients like the work done in different ways. Some want a highly polished image. Others want one that is less retouched, they would say "more natural."

Since I'm not always sure when I begin a digital photo retouching project exactly what the client is looking for, I submit a proof after I'm done working on it. Then if the client wants changes, I send a revised proof. Sometimes the client wants me to go further and do more work. Sometimes the client thinks I went too far and asks me to back off somewhat. We fine tune it until the client gets the desired results.

Once you approve the revised proofs, I prepare and send you the final files. For commercial clients, this includes black-and-white versions, high-res for print, low-res for web, crops for Linked In and social media sites, etc.

Photo Compositing & Special Effects

Photo compositing consists of adding elements to a photo, subtracting elements, changing elements, etc. The most common thing we do is to change the background of the image or to "spruce it up" and make it more interesting.

I can convert the image to black-and-white, change the lighting, sharpness, etc. The creative possiblities are unlimited.

Digital Photo Retouching Samples –
Corporate & General

Some of the following samples show a very light retouching. Others are more dramatic. Some examples of compositing are also shown, such as changing or adding backgrounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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