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Old 04-11-2007, 09:27 AM
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Hello everyone! I'm so thrilled to have found this site. I've been a photographer for many years and retouching for a couple. More recently though, I've really been honing my skills and developing my techniques. It's a true passion for me and now I'm trying to build my portfolio to start a fulltime career doing this.

I definitely have certain areas that I need to work on, since I have taught myself everything that I know, and that's where this site comes in! I need to learn about re-adding texture mostly. I'm pretty good at maintaining skin tone (in my opinion) and some texture, but sometimes when it comes to heavier retouches, it's just not that easy!

I'll start out with a photo I took a couple weeks ago which needed some curves, skin retouching, etc. I'm open to all constructive criticism and compliments

Thanks!

I had to link to the photos externally because I couldnt' get my files small enough to embed...I've looked at the threads about optimizing photos to size in order to attach them to threads, but it seems that there are only instructions for PCs...does anyone know how to save for web to 100k on a Mac version of CS2?

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Old 04-11-2007, 10:00 AM
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Re: First post. Comments please!

the images arent loading for me .. but from what you said about being to heavy when retouch, and adding in texture, i can only assume taht you are cloning and healing alot.

my advice would be to dodge and burn more than anything. i dont believe in adding texture, unless the picture itself has been damaged somehow. and even then i would think twice about it.

try to post the pictures up again .. i would love to see your work.
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:13 AM
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Re: First post. Comments please!

Sorry for the broken links...all fixed now.

I never ever use the healing tool anymore, fyi. I used to when I first started, but now I'm very proficient with the cloning tool at very low flow/opacity levels. I also use dodge and burn, but need to practice more when it comes to evening out skin tone.

Now that my links are up, I'd love some direct feedback.

Thanks!
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:48 AM
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Hello
I like the pose and the background.
I think you have done a good job on her face.
Maybe work some more on her neck.
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Old 04-11-2007, 11:10 AM
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good job indeed ..

i agree with cathy and would work more on the neck.
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Old 04-11-2007, 11:37 AM
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way to keep it natural!
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Old 04-11-2007, 12:59 PM
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Thanks for the positive feedback. Is there anything besides work on the neck that I can do to improve my technique?
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Old 04-11-2007, 01:24 PM
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nice job. neck needs a bit more work. color of hair in spots is green. overall, nice color moves. watch all your masks though - (straight up from left eye and shoulder). shoulder is burning out a bit too. personally, i'd like less red, but that's subjective except for the shadow area of her face - a bit on fire it is. spot on her lip is grey and troublesome. might take a look at right of image - tad green/yellow to me. better neutral.

((Fill flash))
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Old 04-11-2007, 01:31 PM
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Thanks for the nitpicking...that's EXACTLY what I want. I'm so used to untrained eyes giving me compliments, and I need an objective view.

Regarding fill flash, I was using a 550EX, but was limited to what position I could use it in, because I was adament about getting the skyline in the background through an unopened window, without major glare. I knew I could fix the backlit aspect with curves.
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Old 04-11-2007, 01:47 PM
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((carefull. strobe have a built in slave? could have put it outside window, maybe even have her hold it. sometimes you won't capture all the detail without fill. my guess as to your color shifts too when you opened it up))

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