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Old 10-03-2007, 18:48   #1 (permalink)
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The art of retouching

While on my usual trip around webland looking at all things photographic, I do this daily to keep up to date with what is going on and to get inspiration for my own work, I stumbled across the following site.

This is a great example of why and what you need to do to move your images onto the next stage and take them from just being photos of people to being completed images that stand out from the normal.

What is refreshing about this site is that they show you the finished images and by hovering your mouse cursor over the shot, it shows you the photo, completely un-touched and as they were shot. You'll be able to see how much work has actually gone into some of the shots while if you didn't know you would probably not know the extent of the processing.

Glenn Feron - The Art of Retouching

I hope you find it at least interesting...
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Old 10-03-2007, 18:58   #2 (permalink)
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Great find, Steve. Really interesting.
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Old 10-03-2007, 19:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: The art of retouching

Amazing work, but is it no wonder women end up with complexes if they believe these photos are real
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Amazing work, but is it no wonder women end up with complexes if they believe these photos are real
Very true, Graham.

But, for me at least, it was great to see these women have wrinkles and cellulite and that they need to have their backsides made to look bigger!! There's hope for me yet!!
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Old 10-03-2007, 20:47   #5 (permalink)
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............. I hope you find it at least interesting...
A lot more interesting than I found your Vista Cracked article, Steve ... mostly because I understand this one

This guy's website gives me an idea for a self portrait and a fair bit of retouching
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it shows how much the camera CAN lie........... have to say that i prefer the originals.. most of the retouched make the girls look likemannican dummies...... with very flat features and obviously artificial bodies.

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Old 10-03-2007, 21:43   #7 (permalink)
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Ahh but the camera is not lying, the post processing is altering the image but what the camera caught in the beginning is probably pretty close to reality (in this case). I would agree that the end photo is no longer a true representation though
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Brilliant, me & my son have had a right laugh.
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WOW!! I love the one that takes 20 years off. Wish it could happen in real life!
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Amazing stuff......especially when you see the before and after.
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yer thanks for that (NOT)

now iv got to retouch all the photos of her in doors.
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Breathtaking how fake our society can be.
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Wow, I'm amazed! I knew most glamor shots were retouched but that's outrageous.
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in some sense we all are guilty of tampering and turning our photos into fakes ,just think how often all of us visit photoshop(those that know how to use it ) are we really any different for tampering with our own photos just to fix small problem or to add a effect.Maybe we should have a challenge on our ability to take a photo and not visit photoshop, would be interesting to see what we really are capable of without our friend photoshop Think most people think a little tweak is ok a lot of tweaks to completely alter the image isnt ,truthfully both images would be fake.
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in some sense we all are guilty of tampering and turning our photos into fakes ,just think how often all of us visit photoshop(those that know how to use it ) are we really any different for tampering with our own photos just to fix small problem or to add a effect.Maybe we should have a challenge on our ability to take a photo and not visit photoshop, would be interesting to see what we really are capable of without our friend photoshop Think most people think a little tweak is ok a lot of tweaks to completely alter the image isnt ,truthfully both images would be fake.
Uh-oh we've been down this road a few times in the forums
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should be interesting comments didnt think its like whats been discussed in forums as not really saying one is better than the other ,more or less saying we all tamper to some degree.To me used to enhance or add effect to a persons overall aim for pic is fine , but like anything when used to all the time ,to me its like should a person then be concentrating more on their camera skills.I will be happy when i can use the basics in ps
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I'm probably out of my depth here, since I'm new to PS and digital photography, but I think that a little editing to make a person look their best is not bad. When I shoot pictures of my lady-friend, I will smooth the area under her eyes, but the photos we are talking about were ridiculous. It also makes me feel a bit betrayed. In other context (such as news reporting), how many times has a shot been misrepresented by the editor? If they do this to people, what else do they do to make things not what they seem?
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There are strict rules governing photographs used in the editorial press. Both photographers and editors have been fired in the past for altering factual photographs. For that area cleaning up dust and sensor spots is allowed but altering the substance of the shot to effect its meaning is severely frowned upon by the respected publications.
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