It is super important for all of you to be consistent in your work. Especially after working with a photographer for an extended period of time. Here is an example of an over retouched image of a guy.
Here is a version of a darker image that still has texture in the skin
This image again is way too smooth for a guy. There is not texture in the skin. Please don't do this!
I totally understand that each photographer you work with will have a little different style and it will take some time to perfect it. Thank you for your continued hard work. I am requesting that each of you put a comment in this blog post to show that you have looked at it.
Some of these issue with images will not be happening once our photographer's are using our services as paying clients. During Beta Testing we all need to be patient, but we need to make sure everything that is going out is the best possible work we can do on each image. I ran all these images back through lightroom, because they were very underexposed. Here are a few I worked on after they went through my Lightroom edits.
This will only allow me to upload one video at a time. So here is the second one.
For white backgrounds there are a few things to keep in mind when editing:
Finally, we are starting and this is going to be the most difficult part. These are new photographers and you are not yet familiar with their style, the color tone or how far they want you to take it when retouching. Don't worry, we are going to communicate back and forth with these photographers until we understand their style perfectly. So, instead of sending you each seperate video instructions, I am going to start uploading them to the blog so you can all learn from each example. Please check back frequently and don't forget to communicate in the comment section at the bottom. We are all learning together!
Kathryn Image 1
Kathryn Image 2
The first challenge! In order to get your speed up and your quality consistent, Rafael, Lety and myself thought we should offer a weekly challenge file. We will start with a little easier file, and then get into a more complex file. Above I went ahead and retouched the file in under 2 minutes. Here is a link to the original file, so you can start to practice. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ip8rptkcocjdp5i/AAAjT0bEi3rUHTNx6xlS1hULa?dl=0
To answer Andrea's question, this is for you to practice getting your speed up to where you want it to be. There isn't really a requirement to get this done in any specific time frame. But, please comment below on how quickly you were able to retouch the image after several trys. We would like everyone to be able to retouch this image within three minutes. It will help you get faster and it will start to train you to go through the steps each time you retouch an image. Good luck!
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Written by: Kristin Karkoska
Master Photographer, retoucher and business owner providing opportunities to graphic designers and retouching artists.