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Old 09-15-2007, 05:51 AM
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Re: Fake Pageant Photos

Do a search on this site - this has been discussed before.
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Old 09-15-2007, 07:11 AM
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Re: Fake Pageant Photos

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EDGEWORK: I'm sorry if I was being rude to all the american reader, I apologize...But there is a big difference between pageants from america to european...I don't even think we have pageants for kids that small...


Unfortunately, one of the downsides to an (allegedly) free market economy, is that you run the risk of discovering that markets exist for all kinds of things, even stuff that churns your stomach. The truth about those pageants is that the majority of the audience is made up of the parents shilling their kids, photographers making money off of parents shilling their kids, agents and various other bottom feeders and parasites. I guess, eventually, some few of them ooze their way up the food chain to Miss America and Miss Universe, but the rest burn out at Miss Hog Farmer and Miss Pickle Festival, or, maybe, worse. The only other people who get a buzz off photos and shows like these, besides mercenary parents, are likely candidates for a sex-offender registry. (Sorry for the rant, folks, I have a daughter who I do not shill, and this stuff kicks me in the gut.)

Bringing the topic back to relevance, Adamzx3 summed the retouching up best: this is mindless craft and zero quality, McRetouching at its worst (except that libels Big Macs).

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Old 09-15-2007, 08:02 AM
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Re: Fake Pageant Photos

And these pictures are mild compared to some I have seen. The part I have never been able to figure out is what kind of drugs the parents and judges must be on to think these are good photos that represent the girls. Its a twisted world we live in today. The market is there and as long as there is a market, there are people willing to fill it.
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Old 09-15-2007, 08:10 AM
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Re: Fake Pageant Photos

Here is by far some of the scarest of this work.


Many have sent the retoucher emails and get very nasty responses.
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Old 09-15-2007, 08:58 AM
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Re: Fake Pageant Photos

Hi there

Here is a quick go at the picture… not the best but a start.

I increased the eye sizes by 5 percent with the scale feature.

Hardened and brightened the catch lights and added catch light reflections.

Used a cooling photo filter in overlay mode to deepen the blue in the eyes.

Painted some extensions on the eyelids with a small black brush set to fade at 15 percent and added slight drop shadow.

The hair had some damage so I used a smudge brush in the hair.

Smudged some areas of the skin.

Used a high radius and lower amount sharpening

Heavy application of noise reduction.

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Old 09-15-2007, 10:37 AM
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Re: Fake Pageant Photos

Urbanheart, I have noticed that as the pageant candidates get older they seem to use less and less artificial plumping. It seems that mid to late teens are not 'dolled' up as much
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