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Old 05-19-2010, 01:24 AM
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Need suggestions please

I'm a photographer working on my portfolio and still pretty new to retouching. I'm looking for suggestion how to make this image "sing". What needs to be worked on, how to make it look polished.

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Wolf
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:23 AM
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Re: Need suggestions please

Hello Wolf,

The image is to dark in my opinion. Turn up general brightness and perhaps adding some king of 'glow' or 'spotlight' effect on the person will go a long way.

Kind regards,
Michael
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:07 AM
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This is another idea.

I would also crop the hand out.
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:27 PM
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To be honest, I really like the image. Maybe pull the red out a little. Did you just shoot one strobe through a snoot?
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:48 PM
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Thanks Jason,

The key light is a beauty dish with a grid.
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:52 PM
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Welcome to RetouchPRO Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends. Poke around, ask questions, offer help, have fun!

Nice shot!

Personally I would crop to enhance the vignetting effect of the lighting

Bring out the highlights some to provide separation from the background

If you want to hide the rough skin texture then clean all the pot-marks and bumps using whatever means or method that is comfortable for you

Here are a couple quick low res versions to show what I am suggesting (on the high res orig they will be much sharper and should really POP!)

Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

~Original~~Rough skin~~Smooth skin~
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:00 AM
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Hi Wolf!

Welcome to RetouchPRO from me too ...

I think the picture is just great as is...
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:57 PM
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Hello there,

I love having selective coloring...So I played with this didn't do to much it is a great photo but here is my idea.
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