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Doug Nelson



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Submitted by Jenna Glatzer:

"I've been fighting and fighting with a photo of mine that I vaguely like, but is in need of a bunch of retouches (eye bags, flyaway hair, some fuzziness, color adjustment, etc.). And let's just say I've learned about the joys of eyebrow waxing since then. I am OK at removing little blemishes and things, but I am not at all skilled at anything beyond that.

I'm the author of 14 books and have never had a "real" author shot taken... my dad took the one I'm attaching."


So this isn't a glamour retouch, but rather someone hoping to look professional and inspire confidence. If she especially likes one of the entries, Jenna might ask your permission to use it for future books.

Challenge: Retouch this photo to be an appropriate book-jacket portrait

Do your best to retouch "Author, Author", and post your detailed description plus the results here using the following guidelines:
  • Make sure you're using the largest version of the Challenge photo
  • Enter your name in "Enter a title for the photo"
  • Enter the Challenge type and number in "Descriptive Keywords" (ie: "Photo-Art Challenge #501" or "Manipulation Challenge #132"
  • Include a complete description of the steps you used under "Photo Description". (You might want to write it elsewhere and paste it here)
  • Attach your file as an 800 pixel wide JPG file, compressed so that the overall file is under 200k (this usually means 60% compression).
  • Make sure you post to the correct Challenge
  • If you expect any comments for your entry, offer your comments to other entries

As always, there are no winners, no losers, no prizes, only a sharing and learning opportunity for everyone.

How you restore and how much you restore is up to you, as long as you fulfill the Challenge. Have fun, and good luck!

NOTE: As is the case for ALL RetouchPRO Challenges, there is NO expiration date on this Challenge. Even after other Challenges go up, feel free to upload your version
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LanceHaverkamp
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Registered: July 2005
Posts: 5
9/10/2005 3:13pm

Sometimes the best aproach is to re-shoot an assignment. That can't always be done, such as a one time event, but in this case I would tell the "client" to go get a professional protrait taken.

Lance

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Lance


Retouching with The Gimp using MEPIS Linux, both are open source and free.
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stevemedley@sbc
Junior Member

Registered: April 2006
5/4/2006 5:12pm

Personality captured looks good to me so I will give this a go since I have a hard time finding photos of me that "capture" and without some technical shortcoming or real or perceived social faux paux (like looking drunk in the morning). I just bought one of Katrin Eismann's books that she created as a book "she would want to buy" as a retouch pro so this is also a less vain path for my quest of excellence Steve Medley
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gyrgrls

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Registered: February 2002
Location: Eureka, Calif
Posts: 9
2/13/2009 12:09pm

Lance,
How many times, as a seasoned photographer,
have I wished I could go back and re-shoot a scene?

Surprisingly, the opportunities, due to the nature of my subject matter (no pun intended), are few and far between.

With portraiture, if you catch it in time, you just might have another shot at it (puns intended).

But there are variables.

Suffice it to say that direct flash, from on-camera, generally
gives less than satisfactory results.

I prefer hotlamps and/or softboxes. Any direct flash, no matter how well placed, can be quite harsh, and unless carefully balanced, can leave frank shadows and texture embellishments.

Film, processing, setting, makeup, camera and darkroom equipment, or just camera and software, if digital, are of
some importance, but nevertheless, proper lighting is paramount.

Granted, when you are out in the field, shooting with available
lighting, then the challenge is full on. That's what makes photography fun, is it not?

Getting it correct on film in the first place is utopia.
Having to deal with less than ideal conditions is reality.

Sometimes this reality is hard to accept, as I have tended
to be a "purist" for the past 35 years or so. Things are
changing. As of late, I find myself knuckling under to the
"digital age".

¡Que sera sera!
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arueff
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Registered: September 2006
Posts: 12
9/5/2010 6:30pm

Hi. I would be more than happy to work on your picture, but there is a but. You should have another picture of you taken. This one is out of focus and it is difficult to get good results when trying to do what you want. Best regards.
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