People and Portrait Photographic Retouching
A lot of my current work is working on peopled portrait retouching in some context. Photographers, assistants and stylists work hard to craft a stylised image using an imaginative combination of lighting and composition and photographic retouching is an extension of that process.
Digital manipulation makes it possible to fine tune global and localised areas of colour, contrast and accentuate details as well as create a wide range of creative effects or to simulate photographic processes that would be implausable to do at the photographic stage.
In addition to enhancing and flattering natural details, you can also introduce more graphic or illustrative manipulations to give the image a ‘hyperreal’. For example HDR toning or overlaying a texture. For example in the image of Buzz Aldrin below, I have overlaid a texture to give the image an organic texture that you might see in an old tintype
Finally, the image might be cut-out so that it can be supplied to a designer to place on a number of different backgrounds
I use a fully calibrated Macintosh system plus the Adobe Creative Cloud apps like Photoshop and Illustrator as well as other software like Cinema 4D to create creative and precision retouching work. My past people and portrait retouching clients include: The Football Association, Guinness, Royal Mail, BBC, Channel 4, Molton Brown, UK Sport, England Cricket Board and others.
If you have a fashion/beauty retouching project, and you would like more information, please get in touch with any questions you have
Take a look at my People Retouching Portfolio page for more examples, and please get in contact if you would like more information or have more specific requests.