Friday, November 23, 2012

Retouching My Portrait – Is Not a Flash in the Pan!

Portraits have a longer history like photography itself. This shows the interest of humans getting their images live with time. The art of portrait have long grown and the enhancements have evolved through technologies.

Portraits started as a royal service traveled with time and technology and became a common activity. With the invasion of digital cameras, capturing portraits is as simple as that. High-end cameras have capture settings like face detection to take portraits with more accuracy. Today retouching is not a flash in the pan.

Close look:

Retouching portraits require immense skill. This is because the editor has to change very minute details to look the image different. The responsibility is more on the shoulders of the artist as the customer feels “retouching my portrait is enhancing my facial attributes”.  Apart from the regular skin tone, one needs to give close look at eyebrows, dark shades below the eyes, eyelashes, lips and other microscopic details of the face. Retouching such parameters will boost the beauty of the face.  One needs to understand the amount of light that falls on the subject, and reduce it at desired scenarios. Reducing the light on the face doesn’t darken the image, instead increases glow when applied with hue and saturation slider.

Light and Flash:

This competitive scenario will force the photographer to use high-end cameras. The snapper will have his camera settings done to capture the face of his subject with highest clarity. To achieve this, it is important to make the background blur and thereby increasing the sharpness of his subject. The shutterbug will need to take a great care in lighting effects and flash settings. The camera should flash only when necessary. The photo will be pleasant, if natural light is used in maximum. Setting the light for a photo is just another art. It should be done with excellence to make it more adorable than an amateur capture.

Contrast the Backdrop:

The foreground entity will look finer when the backdrop contrasting. Handle dodge and blur tool to wipe off the sharpness in the background. Try to lessen the striking colors at the back settings in the back settings to hike the charm of the portrait. This is a mandate technique used along with other procedures while retouching the portrait. Retouching my portrait involves a lot of input from my end as well as from the editor’s perspective. The combined inputs will narrow down to the best possible correction and lead to the spangled output.

Cleaning the skin and retouching hair property will make the portrait fantabulous. The hair color can be treated in a way that it looks blending with the skin tone. The black spot on the face must be erased off using clone tool and skin color should be maintained even across the face. Brightening up of eyes and teeth will add more color to the photo. Retouching my portrait is not complete without adding twinkling effects to my eyes. The editor must take immense effect to zoom in and implant effects into the lens in the eyes. The artist should work on the color of teeth. It is not necessarily to be bright white; however various shades of white will do the job. Snap a shot and give it a try. The social networking site needs a new profile picture!!


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