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First attempt at D&B and low/high frequency

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    Hello everyone!

    This forum is amazing and after lurking for a bit, I think it's time for me to introduce myself and ask for some advices/critiques

    I'm a young Italian photographer based in London and I've just discovered beauty retouching, so please don't be too harsh.

    Here is my first attempt with the low/high frequency split + some dodging and burning.

    Here a 100% crop on the face.

    Finally here there are two alternative versions (BW and vintage) where I've played with colours and saturation.

    My doubts are:

    1) have I overdone the skin? I'm quite happy with it, but I'm afraid that it might look to fake

    2) do you have any advice about the hair? for a first attempt is not too bad (at least I hope), but it took me AGES and I wonder if there is any quickish technique that I ignore.

    3) which version do you like the most, black and white or colour?

    Thanks in advance for your help


  • #2
    Re: First attempt at D&B and low/high frequency

    I think you did a great job..... the only thing I would suggest is show a tiny bit more skin texture to keep it real.


    • #3
      Re: First attempt at D&B and low/high frequency

      Excellent job for a first go Claudia. My 2 cents here are; that you should keep the wrinkles below the eyes, in order to keep it natural and real, and the color and transition of the blush should be softer.

      Overall I would suggest to be very very patient, retouching takes a long while, to learn and apply.
      There are no shortcuts in D & B technique, although there are other methods which are quicker but they would never give you the same results as using D & B.

      Keep up the good work.
      Last edited by Boneappetit; 10-28-2010, 10:32 AM.


      • #4
        Re: First attempt at D&B and low/high frequency

        Thanks guys

        I see what you mean about the wrinkles, probably I should have worked to delete the make up smudge still keeping them, I guess I got carried away

        I wish I had more texture to work with: if you have a look at the 100% crop, even the original one doesn't have much texture.

        Do you know how to add texture by any chance?

        Regarding the blush, it was put by the MUA and it's intentionally "harsh"


        • #5
          Re: First attempt at D&B and low/high frequency

          I can't fault your technique at all, doubly so for a first attempt at D&B.

          If you feel that it looks like you've gone too far on the final web-sized image, but it still looks fine at 100% then simply adding about 1-2% guassian monochromatic noise as a last stage before JPEG is really great way to add some texture back to the image.

          Were you also the photographer for this image? If so I'm really looking forward to seeing more of your work.



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