Originally Posted by shh
Please feel free to criticize my work and to give me any tips that could help me with pursuing this new hobby.
I used the frequency separation technique that Phlearn taught, but I am aware that I over did it and that the skin looks blurry and has little texture. I have also included the unretouched image.
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Are you looking for Retouched Photo Realism where every pore is visible and all the flaws have magically disappeared for a major publication or just trying to set a mood or atmosphere to suite your own tastes? If the latter, I think the Retouching is well executed.. only a few areas where I probably would have done a bit more to even out the skin tones.,..1: the bright area under the chin, 2:the hollow of the neck (where it is dark) and 3: do something to make the shoulder less prominent so it's not a focal point
All in all, I think the retouches look great and with practice 'cubed' your work will look even better and better