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Old 06-01-2007, 03:39 PM
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Enclosed is an un-retouched photo I took this past weekend. I read this forum often and we have discussed many degrees of retouching depending on the application. My approach would be to make the Bride look good...remove any blimish, slightly whiten the teeth, brighten the eyes, remove any lines and darkness under the eyes. For the father, however, I don't know how far to go. Would you leave or remove the wrinkles? How far would you go with a man? If it were the mother would you remove the wrinkles or let them be? I'm leaning toward making the women look great and leave the men looking old, tired, and stressed.
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Old 06-01-2007, 05:02 PM
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Re: Retouching men

did the same steps as I did here.
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...-daughter.html
I started by toning down the highlights and then my edits added some back.

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http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=23345725

Selective Color gives you the dark/light selections and Gaussian blur blends them.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=23354105
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Old 06-01-2007, 05:06 PM
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the thing about wedding retouching is to set all colours perfect...the agelines should be kept or some slighley retouching...don't make the face too smooth...and the trap also is to retouch more on the women since they have makeup on and then the difference bewteen male and female get's to noticeable...
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Old 06-01-2007, 09:32 PM
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I don't shoot weddings. I wasn't the hired photographer for this one. I just shot as a family member. Any other guidelines with regards to weddings vs other types of shooting?
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:18 PM
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never remove wrinkles unless asked to do so, some people wear them as a badge of honour. That goes for both men and women. Although some of the wrinkles on this photo are due to squinting, so that may be a justification for their softening. Just remember for a wedding the bride might want her father to look as he really did and not retouched.
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:41 PM
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Re: Retouching men

Well, I did not remove the wrinkles, but I softened them. It seems that because they were squinting the wrinkles were more obvious than they normally would be. Also lightened the veil shirt and teeth.

I agree, never remove wrinkles unless asked.
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Old 06-02-2007, 06:33 PM
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Re: Retouching men

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the thing about wedding retouching is to set all colours perfect...the agelines should be kept or some slighley retouching...don't make the face too smooth...and the trap also is to retouch more on the women since they have makeup on and then the difference bewteen male and female get's to noticeable...

I had a photo of a male and female couple and I retouch them both the same way. Thanks for the pointer I will redo it again to fix it.
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Old 06-03-2007, 02:20 PM
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I still need some general guidelines when it comes to the retouching of men...take the three in this picture..would you remove the shadows under the eyes? Lighten the eyes? Soften the wrinkles or let them be?
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Old 06-03-2007, 02:39 PM
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Skydog
In my opion this a candid shoot and I wouldn't change too much, maybe the one mans cheek.
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Old 06-03-2007, 06:34 PM
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Re: Retouching men

Quite often, men prefer not to be retouched. I think it is kind of like wearing makeup. Women use make up to enhance the best features, and reduce signs of aging, whereas men often are considered to be more distinguished as they age. Most men would not even consider wearing make up, and also prefer not to be retouched. I wouldn't retouch them unless they are ok with it, and even then, keep it very subtle.

I also thinks that Sanda's comments were right on the mark.
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