There is always a fearsome debate about retouching, what is too much, how far to go etc.
I’m a firm believer in enhancing rather than changing someones features. It’s well known that many of the images we see on high end magazines are a far cry from the original subject. In some cases the re-toucher will copy half of the face and paste it onto the other side so the features are perfectly symmetrical. This is fairly extreme but a more common practice is to use the liquify tool to slim features down, chisel the jawbone, re shape the nose, widen the eyes and of course narrow/widen hips etc.
The problems this causes are many, young girls going on extreme diets to try and achieve a shape that has been manipulated by a computer, more and more makeup (very orange in some cases) and the obvious heath issues that can arise from trying to look like someone who doesn’t actually look like that……..
On the other hand, rarely have we shot any corporate portraits without being asked for a bit of “airbrushing” or removal of the odd spot etc. I don’t see a problem with this, we all like to look our best but plenty can be achieved with a good diet, plenty of sleep, good lighting and of course a high quality makeover.
On the below pic I’ve removed a few small blemishes and slightly softened the skin, no features have been moved though, you would recognise Sebina in the street. There is plenty of detail left in her skin, texture and tone, I think the porcelain (or blancmange) look you see around is far too much, it’s a case often of doing a bit, then a bit more then, oohhh just a touch more………………
We’ll be running a few high end re-touching courses in the new year, keep an eye out or follow us on Facebook for details.
Picture – Mike
Makeover – Shanine