RetouchPRO

Go Back   RetouchPRO > Technique > Critiques
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Critiques The place to get serious, in-depth analysis and opinions of your work

my first post

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 11-16-2004, 07:34 PM
denisp denisp is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: europe + usa
Posts: 9
my first post: beauty/fashion portrait

Hi all!

i'm really happy to join this great forum and website both full of amazing ressources to help every enthousiast improving their skills in retouching.

Here I just want to start with my first post and a best possible advice from experienced retouchers. Knowingly that i'm a self learner and im just trying to produce quality images at my best actual level. Below are links to screen captures showing the original image on the left and retouched on the right. First image is the general view, the second is the 100% actual pixels detail view.

Before and after 33%
Before and after 100% view (no sharpening applied)

For technical details: this image was taken using a Canon D60 6mp digital camera, RAW, iso 100 then it was cropped and converted to a TIFF 16bit image file.

I was batteling hard using the adjustement layers, taking off a litle bit of everything possible i have read through the tutorials and other forums. My goal was to try to magnify and enhance the skin tones and contrast and make them as much bright and clear as possible, also some masking has been done for skin defects.

Thanks for commenting and bringing advice.

Last edited by denisp; 11-16-2004 at 07:59 PM.
Reply With Quote top
  #2  
Old 11-16-2004, 10:04 PM
Duv's Avatar
Duv Duv is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia
Posts: 1,213
I really like your photo and the correction. You might want to consider a 5 pixel feather lasso and select the side of the nose where the pores seem to be noticable. Try a Gaussian Blur set to about .7

Cheers
Dave
Reply With Quote top
  #3  
Old 11-17-2004, 04:33 AM
denisp denisp is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: europe + usa
Posts: 9
hi Duv

it was exactly what i was annoyed of, the pore on the nose that needs to be softened. I will try your method.

thanks
Reply With Quote top
  #4  
Old 11-17-2004, 05:39 AM
tzec tzec is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by denisp
Hi all!

i'm really happy to join this great forum and website both full of amazing ressources to help every enthousiast improving their skills in retouching.

Here I just want to start with my first post and a best possible advice from experienced retouchers. Knowingly that i'm a self learner and im just trying to produce quality images at my best actual level. Below are links to screen captures showing the original image on the left and retouched on the right. First image is the general view, the second is the 100% actual pixels detail view.

Before and after 33%
Before and after 100% view (no sharpening applied)

For technical details: this image was taken using a Canon D60 6mp digital camera, RAW, iso 100 then it was cropped and converted to a TIFF 16bit image file.

I was batteling hard using the adjustement layers, taking off a litle bit of everything possible i have read through the tutorials and other forums. My goal was to try to magnify and enhance the skin tones and contrast and make them as much bright and clear as possible, also some masking has been done for skin defects.

Thanks for commenting and bringing advice.
The skin looks very much better now. I agree about the pore reduction; I also think that the eye and lips could do with with slightly more color and bit more sharpness. The overall color might be very slightly too yellow; but that's a matter of personal taste! The attached file gives an idea of what I mean. The second image is a less stylized smoother version.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 002new2.jpg (44.6 KB, 24 views)
File Type: jpg 002new3.jpg (39.4 KB, 30 views)

Last edited by tzec; 11-17-2004 at 07:25 AM.
Reply With Quote top
  #5  
Old 11-17-2004, 01:23 PM
Ed_L's Avatar
Ed_L Ed_L is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: northwest Indiana, about 45 minutes from Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,824
I agree with tzec regarding the shadow area. A good, contrasty image like this adds a certain feel of mystery. But the shadow area in the first post seems just a little too dark to my taste, almost like something is missing. Being able to see through the shadow, just a little, adds to the overall image IMHO. It's a great idea that could promote different feelings in different people. Nice work!

Ed
Reply With Quote top
  #6  
Old 11-17-2004, 05:46 PM
LQQKER's Avatar
LQQKER LQQKER is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Moon, Southwestern Tycho
Posts: 383
Creative photo.
The only thing I might suggest (and of course this is subjective), is the shadow/lighting you’ve chosen. I took the liberty to show my thoughts with this rather quick rendition of my own, hope you don't mind.
Just another suggested direction to go. Other portions of the subject’s features may benifit from high contrast lighting style, not just the eyes.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 001.5-LQQKER.jpg (99.7 KB, 30 views)
Reply With Quote top
  #7  
Old 11-18-2004, 06:25 AM
denisp denisp is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: europe + usa
Posts: 9
thanks to all for your interresting suggestions and recommendations. I think the main problem the image has is the low resolution and not enough of details on the skin, knowingly its a tight crop out of a 3028x2048 RAW image file, there is nothing much left for the crop. Next time i shoot ill just try to compose closer

Reply With Quote top
Reply

  RetouchPRO > Technique > Critiques


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First post newbie retoucher AndyKruczek Critiques 1 09-20-2007 02:20 PM
First post asking for critique and advice smiley guy Critiques 7 07-27-2006 05:31 PM
Post from figrsk8r Ed_L Input/Output/Workflow 0 05-21-2004 09:23 AM
Unable to post Ed_L Website Feedback 2 09-09-2002 08:33 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved