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  • + Exposure/Colour adjustment

    127 78.88%
  • + Skin Softening

    88 54.66%
  • + Removing minor blemishes (pimples, blackheads, etc)

    118 73.29%
  • + Removing obvious blemishes (scars, moles, wrinkles, etc)

    91 56.52%
  • + Reshaping minor features ( eyes, ears, nose)

    26 16.15%
  • + Reshaping obvious features (shape of face and limbs)

    25 15.53%
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    Default How far would you go to touch up portraits?

    Its common for portrait photographers to enhance the portraits they've made for models. How far would you go?
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    Default Re: How far would you go to touch up portraits?

    Im assuming you're just talking about beauty touch-ups yes?

    Well i guess as long as the subject retains her look its fine. As in you dont PS the subject into someone even he/she cant recognize (e.g. hair extension.. over-liquify)

    Air-brushing, healing, brightening of eyes & teeth are acceptable for me.

    Also extent of touch up depends on what the photo is used for. E.g. magazines? Then porcelain skin is definitely acceptable

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    Default Re: How far would you go to touch up portraits?

    i so far just doing contrast n colour adjustment.. not very good in photoshop skill...
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    I usually soften the skin and removing some obvious blemishes. Color tweaking, dont dare to do as I am suffering minor color deficiency.

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    Some Exposure/Colour, Cropping, Horizon straightening (if needed), pimples, blackheads, maybe smooth eye bags, but that's about it.

    I leave in moles and freckles and don't usually "heal" scars. But then if it was for a magazine, then I guess they expect perfection and I would have too.
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    I'll just soften the skin, and remove some minor blemishes. I wouldn't go to such an extend of re-shaping the obvious features.

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    I would to healing and play around with the contrast n colour.. it looks much more natural that way .. but that is my 2cent

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    Default Re: How far would you go to touch up portraits?

    For me it have to depend of the "model", sometime when taking photos of seniors... it is good to see some facial lines....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Override2Zion View Post
    Its common for portrait photographers to enhance the portraits they've made for models. How far would you go?
    I am a bit perplexed about the question. There appeared an underlying "negativity" about touch ups.

    I will go as far as it needs to create the image I am looking for within acceptable guideline. What is the guideline. It should look "NOT TOUCHED UP".
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    Default Re: How far would you go to touch up portraits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deadpoet View Post
    I am a bit perplexed about the question. There appeared an underlying "negativity" about touch ups.

    I will go as far as it needs to create the image I am looking for within acceptable guideline. What is the guideline. It should look "NOT TOUCHED UP".
    There is nothing perplexed about the question, dun have to complicate your thoughts. You'll get a hint of what I'm trying to find out by examining the way i categorize the options.
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    Default Re: How far would you go to touch up portraits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Override2Zion View Post
    There is nothing perplexed about the question, dun have to complicate your thoughts. You'll get a hint of what I'm trying to find out by examining the way i categorize the options.
    Agreed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Override2Zion View Post
    There is nothing perplexed about the question, dun have to complicate your thoughts. You'll get a hint of what I'm trying to find out by examining the way i categorize the options.
    Do actually did not get what I am driving at. It really does not matter, as long as the end result of all the manipulation is what the artist/client wanted.

    You go do everything necessary and all the things technically available to get that image.

    Fidelity to the original image, the original subject is really not important. Unless you are tasked to record an exact likeness, then it's different.
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    First four usually.

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    It will depends on what is the purpose of the portrait.

    If it's a TFCD, then minor touch up in PS.

    But if it is for production, as in gonna be used for wall murals or for catalogues, then it will be all out PS!

    The skin must be flawless. No excess flab on triceps. No dark armpit lines. Or else that will be the last assignment you get from your client

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    i'd definitely never ever touch liquify on a person's body.
    nor will i remove the moles. other blemishes, yes.

    because if you make them so perfect, it becomes plastic. leave some things that would still let them recognise who they are in the end!

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    Quote Originally Posted by timotheus View Post
    i'd definitely never ever touch liquify on a person's body.
    nor will i remove the moles. other blemishes, yes.

    because if you make them so perfect, it becomes plastic. leave some things that would still let them recognise who they are in the end!
    when you don't have the necessary skill or experience, you will be the one who makes a perfect complexion look plastic

    we must bare in mind that when we produce a photo (especially one of a high profile model) for client, they may not necessary be using it only for viewing on monitors. They will be using it for an assortment of media from magazines to poster to wall mural.

    And every little flaw from wrinkles to stray hair will be amplified when the media is large.

    Till date, I have yet see a model with flawless complexion and a MU artist whose skill is so superb to produce those ads you so frequently see on magazines.

    So like I mentioned earlier, it will depends on what purpose the portrait is for. If it's for photo sharing and posting in forums, by all means do it with minimal touchup. But if it is for commercial, you can't stop there and tell your client it will look plastic. You are being paid to make them looked flawless and yet without having a plastic look.

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    i use portrait pro, so yeah, but as everyone says.. "just don't overdo it". Gonna make them look like Barbie and Ken~ Lol..
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    All of us better than plastic surgeon.... lol

    so far i remove pimples, blemishes and moles.
    But i want to make the teeth white... how to do it huh?
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    I will go any length to make my photo looks nice
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    Default Re: How far would you go to touch up portraits?

    Quote Originally Posted by David Kwok View Post
    I will go any length to make my photo looks nice
    And to make the client happy too.

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