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Human Form Photography

May 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Well I am gradually getting the hang of my camera and of course what to do with the photos once you have taken them. I am really enjoying learning the art of photo retouching. I could see my self really getting into it and becoming a specialist retoucher. In particular I would like to take potraits of people and create those really gritty hard light effects like you see on movie posters. I have been learning the retouching part of that so far, but I still need to learn the manipulation part where you seamlessly change the background and add other elements, then colour grade it to bring all the parts together into a new image.

I have only done one fully retouched image so far of my niece from a photo shoot I did with my sister and her kids back in 2013.

This first one is the original image. A couple of days before she had got a scratch under one eye.
Portrait 2 - 1

In this image I removed the scratch and the chocolate on her lip.
Portrait 2 - 2

In this image I enhanced her eyes
Portrait 2 - 3

Which gave me the idea to desaturate the whole image leaving just her eyes and her lips as in colour to make it look like a hand painted black and white image
Portrait 2 - 4

Below are another series of images with before and after examples.
Before

Portrait 7 - 2

After
Portrait 7 - 1

Before
Portrait 6 - 2

After
Portrait 6 - 1

Before
Portrait 5 - 2

After
Portrait 5 - 1

Before
Portrait 4 - 2

After
Portrait 4 - 1

Before
Portrait 3 - 2

After
Portrait 3 - 1

These ones above were all done on RAW images I took myself. This one was done on a jpg image taken by someone else. Even though it was just a jpg image I was still able bring up the colours better than they were in the original, so the final image is not too bad.

Before
Portrait 1 - 2

After
Portrait 1 - 1

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