Imperfections such as weather conditions, unwanted backgrounds and reflections can all affect a photograph, regardless of how much trouble the photographer takes over a specific shot.
Making improvements to the picture and retouching it to look as appealing as possible is the task of the digital editor. The goal is to deliver as perfect a product to the client and to allow the vision of the photographer to be more fully realized.
The process of retouching is so much more than simply removing a slight blemish from the face of a model, although this is what most of us picture when we think of photo retouching.
A photographer is limited in what he can do to fight the effects of the sun moving across the sky causing changes in the lighting level. It may not seem like much, but if you imagine you are a fashion photographer taking several shots of a model in an outdoor setting during the course of the day. You will have to keep changing the position of the camera, but even so the lighting will be slightly different in each picture.
Improve the Picture Clarity With Retouching
In addition to the problem described above, you may also have unwanted reflections from buildings in your photos, and some skillful retouching can help to get rid of these. A black and white layer increasing soft light balance can be used to adjust the amount and appearance of the lighting in each of your pictures, and if you want a more uniform background and appearance, this can be invaluable.
Making the Model Look Their Best
Adobe Photoshop and other photo software packages have useful tools that can help you to remove any blemishes, moles, wrinkles or anything else on the model’s skin that you don’t want visible in your finished shots. This software allows you to remove freckles, make a face appear slightly thinner, remove freckles, brighten the appearance of the skin, change the hair colour and even add great looking reflections to sunglasses.
The photo can be improved further by adding small touches, including the enhancement of colour in the cheeks, adding a small tattoo, or changing the way the model’s make up looks.
The impression you are trying to create can be completely ruined if you have blemishes or other unwanted elements in your picture, making photo realism an important part of good photograph. The finished photo must appear natural to the viewer, despite the fact that the photo may actually look better than life. This true life test is a sign that your retouching has succeeded and the end result is a great natural looking picture.