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Old 02-15-2009, 09:52 PM
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Professional Vs Amatuer. Which retouch you choose?

Hi all

The following is a retouch done for a local coverband. One done by a professional photographer, one done by an amatuer, and I'm one of these two. I'm not telling which is which (well, not yet anyway) so that you can give an unbiased opinion. Which would you choose for the bands website? and why? and which one is done by the professional?

I'll let you know after a few replies, but to some it may be obvious.....

original first, then retouch one, then retouch two

Thanks guys.....
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:45 PM
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Re: Professional Vs Amatuer. Which retouch you cho

For promotional use I like #3. It's edgy. Not the kind of retouch treatment for an anniversary portrait, but good for the unique promo intended use. That's my vote.
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:01 PM
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Re: Professional Vs Amatuer. Which retouch you cho

Not sure if were are suppost to give a real opinion of why, as it could sway others votes. If the poster says we can, then I will voice why.

I think the "pro" is Number 1... But in all honesty I see faults in both... my choice was based on the lessor of the issues and "pro" tendencys.

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Old 02-16-2009, 01:02 AM
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Re: Professional Vs Amatuer. Which retouch you cho

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Hi all

One done by a professional photographer, one done by an amatuer. Which would you choose for the bands website? and why? and which one is done by the professional?
original first, then retouch one, then retouch two
Thanks guys.....
Neither one done by a professional Retoucher
I would not choose either because they both have blown highlights and lost detail..
(BUT, if I had to choose.. it would be #2 only because the eyes pop more.)
I would say the Photographer did #1 and I base that solely on the crop.. because that's what photographers do.

Added... I think the Photographer did them both (all three actually) because of the same in-consistency's in both retouches.. and I'm really not sure about the part of being a Professional Photographer either... (shooting at a low resolution .. 72 and at F4.5 does not give very much depth nor a Professional result)

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Old 02-16-2009, 01:16 AM
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Re: Professional Vs Amatuer. Which retouch you cho

If I had to choose one, I'd go with the second one. It maintains the most detail in the shadows and has the widest tonal range. But I dislike how the highlights are flattened in the face. And the eye whitening in the second is overdone and obvious even though the tonal range in the face is more authentic. I have issues with both though really.
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:35 AM
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i don't think either 1 way done by a pro..but i prefer the #1
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Old 02-16-2009, 02:17 AM
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Re: Professional Vs Amatuer. Which retouch you cho

Both are OK but #2 has a crispier feel to it. Hair look better, as do eyes.
As a single image I'd pic #2, but it comes down to in what context/setting the image is used.
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:01 AM
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Re: Professional Vs Amatuer. Which retouch you cho

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(a)...Which would you choose for the bands website? and why?
It depends on the mood of the site, other colors, size, etc. I choose edit #1, as it can be manipulated more regarding contrast if need be. As is, it's cropped a bit better and is a bit more moody.

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(b)...and which one is done by the professional?
Unfortunately, a 72ppi image doesn't reveal much. I'd say edit #1.
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Old 02-16-2009, 10:15 AM
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Re: Professional Vs Amatuer. Which retouch you cho

I think #1 is the Photographers version. The skintone is better in my opinion. It is less obvious retouched. The crop is improving the picture.The shadows are darker than original - but I think this suits the BW picture.

#2 looks a bit too light, skintones blown away too much. Hard to tell in this size but seems to be oversharpened.

I would let the band make the decision which to choose ;-)
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Old 02-16-2009, 10:50 AM
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Re: Professional Vs Amatuer. Which retouch you cho

#3 is my choice. #2 professional?
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