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Old 05-27-2008, 02:47 PM
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This is my first thread, so I think this is the right place and everything is posted right. If not I will update it.

We all know that it takes a combination of a good photographer and retoucher to make great images. Also there are other people like a MUA, Stylist, and other people contribute greatly. But sometimes, someone has a bad day beyond their control, and someone has to help. I am posting an image I retouched, and due to the "bad day" i spent over 15 hours of retouching (this estimate of time does not include research, filters, and other misc things).

FYI I am a photographer and also retouch images for other photographers. The image i am posting is a before and after (web quality), I might post the full-res if there is enough interest. And before anyone asks, I do have permission from the photographer.

p.s. After said image was retouched and shown to the bride, the mother of the bride was so difficult to work with, the photographer ended their business relationship. And there were just as strong picture from that engagement session (if not better), but this was the photograph they chose. The funny part is that the bride to be said "if you get rid of the hair in our faces only, it will be okay"... and i don't know about you, but no one I know would let that photograph surface and be attached to their reputation for public consumer view (wedding, invitations and such.)
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:08 PM
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Re: A whole lot of time and trouble

Hmmm, looks like the photographer was having a bad day.
On another subject; Did you mean to say that you spent 15 hours to get the result you posted?
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:16 PM
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Re: A whole lot of time and trouble

Yes it was over 15 hours. I went pixel by pixel, there is so much more i could have done to finish it off. The sharpness of the lense is exquisite, and every fine hair and highlight is there. I would have removed them from the background but i had to work within the parameters I had. If you would like to see the full resolution image (before and after) i can e-mail it to you. It is so hard to see any detail with web quality.
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:27 PM
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Re: A whole lot of time and trouble

Yes, I'll PM you.
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:26 PM
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Re: A whole lot of time and trouble

I'm sorry, but I don't see 15 hrs of improvement in that image.
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:59 PM
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Re: A whole lot of time and trouble

I understand because of the quality, let me find a way to post this image in it's full resolution form.
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:30 PM
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Re: A whole lot of time and trouble

Okay here is the before/after full resolution image. If someone thinks it will take less time and keep the integrity of the pixels. Let me know how many hours it takes you, i would be very interested to hear how long it took them. FYI, i had to keep the background and only used dodge, burn, some healing brush, some clone stamp, patch tool, and liquify. And if it is of any consolation i work in L*A*B* exclusively. Unless i need to make a mask. Then the power of ten come into play. This is being hosted off of my photography website, since everyone else (mage hosting sites) resamples to lower quality.

http://www.christophergrangephotogra...touch/0001.jpg

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Old 05-27-2008, 10:49 PM
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Re: A whole lot of time and trouble

I see 15 hrs. Personally, I would have left SOME of the fly away hair.
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:23 AM
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Re: A whole lot of time and trouble

Clearly a lot of work there, not just on the hair. That ktg222 doesn't see 15 hours of work is a real compliment.
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Re: A whole lot of time and trouble

Thank you very much about that last couple posts. I would have left some of the fly away hair, but once you start removing hair and the delicate interlacing parts, you get perfectionistic. I tried to stay very realistic. There is tons more that can be done, but the cost versus the benefits is minimal at best.
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