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Old 02-22-2009, 01:18 PM
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Retouching Effects

Hi all,

I would like to see what effects do you like with retouching, we all prefer something, so let's share techniques here and see the effects and results.

Original:
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/2033/a0000404o.jpg

Retouched:
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http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/204/a0000404.jpg

2.
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/9200/a00004042.jpg

3.
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/1327/a0000404bw.jpg


So which one do you prefer overall, and what another effects do you really would like to see?
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:20 PM
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Re: Retouching Effects

I prefer the 1st and the 3rd. But the darkness under is eyes is distracting.
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Old 02-22-2009, 02:01 PM
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I prefer the 1st and the 3rd. But the darkness under is eyes is distracting.
Thanks!

My mistake, i didn't mask the face or my retouch has its cons sides as well.
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Old 02-22-2009, 02:42 PM
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Re: Retouching Effects

(1) I like the first ones concept the best, but I don’t think I like the yellow cast. Typically, you want to use castrating colors, I prefer a cool blue (#73819e color fill [overlay]) which contrasts the pale yellow stripe. it will also darken you BG, nicely.

(2) This grungy look I prefer with a grungy background. But I like the effect.

(3) When it comes to B&W, shadows and gradients replace color. It’s a good picture; just think the shadows are "simple." Keep shadows in mind when shooting for a B&W.

Great capture,
-Keven

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Old 02-22-2009, 02:56 PM
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Re: Retouching Effects

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(1) I like the first ones concept the best, but I don’t think I like the yellow cast. Typically, you want to use castrating colors, I prefer a cool blue (#73819e color fill [overlay]) which contrasts the pale yellow. it will also darken you BG, nicely.

(2) This grungy look I prefer with a grungy background. But I like the effect.

(3) When it comes to B&W, shadows and gradients replace color. It’s a good picture; just think the shadows are "simple." Keep shadows in mind when shooting for a B&W.

Great capture,
-Keven
(1) Yes, i think cooler is better, but some love warmer portraiture, maybe i didn't use warm filter but that yellow cast is not lovely i think, sorry.

(2) I agree here, next time i will be sure to have different textured background to give that grunge effect better look [even i was not thinking to make it as grunge look, just the effect i liked and really don't know how i did it completely or how to do it properly].

(3) Didn't understand this point, but the problem is which photos can be converted to B&W without issues, or there is rules to have colored photos to be good to convert it to B&W?

Thanks for those comments and critiques Keven, will help me more next time!

Tareq
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Old 02-22-2009, 03:43 PM
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Re: Retouching Effects

HERE is a picture with very good shadow complexity and gradients. Complexity does not mean more lights, although it can.

Its not an issue, any image can be converted to B&W. Its just that a very GOOD B&W is mostly shoot to be B&W.

-Keven
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:25 PM
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HERE is a picture with very good shadow complexity and gradients. Complexity does not mean more lights, although it can.

Its not an issue, any image can be converted to B&W. Its just that a very GOOD B&W is mostly shoot to be B&W.

-Keven
Ah ok, thanks again!
Appreciate it so much :-)
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Old 02-22-2009, 05:14 PM
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Re: Retouching Effects

My Vote is
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/2033/a0000404o.jpg
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:14 PM
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Re: Retouching Effects

I knew before i looked at where you'r from, that's an arabian boy.

grate shot, I love the light

but from my perspective I don't consider this as a retouching!
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:59 PM
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Re: Retouching Effects

Of the different versions that were manipulated I think I prefer #3.

A suggestion about composition.. If you are going to include the hand holding the chin.. it might look a little better shooting in portrait mode and include the arm and elbow, so the hand does not come out of nowhere and look as if it might belong to somebody else.

You said to share techniques and see the effects and results so I did a couple examples for you..
first is the original (so an original is posted in the thread).. second one I just cleaned up using the patch tool, softened a bit, and did some dodge and burning, then added a bit of film grain (Creating a Smooth Skin Boy).. third was a Richard Houtby Dragan Effect action (Creating a Rougher Looking Young Man)
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