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How much time do you need to retouch one photo?

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Old 01-03-2010, 07:00 AM
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How much time do you need to retouch one photo?

Hi to everyone!
Could you please tell me how much time does it take you (in average) to retouch one high resolution model's photo (to make skin and hair look perfect (d&b), to enhance colors etc.)? For example photo like this one:
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...0/IMG_9258.jpg

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Old 01-03-2010, 08:29 AM
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Re: How much time do you need to retouch one photo

It depends
Sometimes it takes an hour and sometimes it takes 40hours because there is too much to do to make me happy with the final result.
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:32 AM
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Re: How much time do you need to retouch one photo

I mean the situation when you retouch photo for professional photographer, when there's much work to make the photo look perfect.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:11 AM
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Re: How much time do you need to retouch one photo

yeah that's what i meant
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:17 AM
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Re: How much time do you need to retouch one photo

I know pro retouchers who do it in 20 minutes. However, the good ones often take one to four hours for a standard photo. Remember, Angelina Jolie's cover took days.

BTW, that photo is barely touched up at all. Look at how uneven the skin is, etc. I could do it in 10 minutes.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:06 AM
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Re: How much time do you need to retouch one photo

This picture wasn't retouched at all.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:19 AM
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Re: How much time do you need to retouch one photo

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I know pro retouchers who do it in 20 minutes.
I doubt that d&b might be done by 20 minutes. Maybe I'm wrong.

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Remember, Angelina Jolie's cover took days.
And what's the difference between Angelina Jolie and other models?
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:20 AM
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Re: How much time do you need to retouch one photo

Got it. Sorry, I misunderstood. I think that one could be done well in about 15 minutes. I would do all of the usual stuff, fix her shoulder, fix white balance and up the exposure a bit.

This photo is strong enough that it will cut the time down a lot.

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Old 01-04-2010, 06:08 AM
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Re: How much time do you need to retouch one photo

Domididom was quite right. I would do it in about 2-3 hours without D&B.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:01 AM
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Re: How much time do you need to retouch one photo

Depends on lots of things really.

What size is the image going to be used at? If it needs to be the size of a building, it usually takes a bit longer If it's only used on the web, you can retouch it at 72 dpi and save yourself oodles of time.

Then there's the question of what type of image it is, is it just retouching the model, or the background as well. Do you need to extend the background, do we need to comp together the model or are we just using one shot? Is it straight up color correction or do we need to apply a treatment?

And ofcourse the most important question: how much time do we have? 10 hours, we'll do it in 10 hours. 10 Days? we'll do it in 10 days!

But for one normal fashion shot, bit of hair/skin fixing, normal color correction, use for magazine/billboard print, I would say 20 hours min.
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