Saturday, December 8, 2012

Photography Training: Why it is Important to Touch Up Your Photographs.

Photography Training: Why it is Important to Touch Up Your Photographs.

I have worked for over 20 years as a professional photographer. Everyday that I have taken photos I have learned something new Even though I write this blog and I shoot almost every day I still get a big surprise once in a while. 
I have touched up my images myself since the beginning of my career. I used to develop and print my own film and now I use computer programs which make it a lot easier. 
The other day I had an awakening. I wouldn't say it was rude because it came from a good friend. I had photographed her son a few weeks ago for his senior portrait. As most boys his age do, he had a small problem with acne. I did not remove them and sent her and gave her the images. Well, she called me yesterday and asked me if I could take care if it. 
It was at that moment that I had a paradigm shift. I had become lazy. I was putting my name out into the public and I wasn't putting my best foot forward.  When she got off the phone with me I will have to admit I was kind of embarrassed. I have made to new promise to myself that I will only sell, and post( on my various sites) my best work. This principle is the same with any job. Always do your best and don't do  half @%#@#  work.

Here is an example of an image that is touched up correctly and one that is does half @#$^.

The Image below is good(at least I think it is. I took it)

This Image is better. It took me 5 minutes to do this.

Not touched up but still nice right?

Much better don't you think?

So, if you don't have programs to touch up your images then you are missing out. The program that I used to touch up these images cost me $50. That's it. Anyone can afford it.
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As Always thanks for reading this blog and if you have questions please get hold of me or leave a comment.

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  3. Just curious what the name of the $50 editing program you are using is? Sharing that would really help those who can't afford the more expensive versions.

    1. Portrait Pro Version 10. It's a great program. Not the best, but for 50 dollars you can't beat it.

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    And I do have a couple of questions for you if it's allright. Is it only me or does it seem like a few of the responses appear as if they are left by brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting on other sites, I'd like to keep up with everything fresh you have to post.
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    1. Anonymous, Thanks for the comment. But first I need to take the time to say that I dont' think any of my reader are "brain dead". You have to realize that this site gets readers that are beginners to pro's. I don't think there is a bad comment or question. My readers are important to me and I really appreciate them. I remember a few years back when I was a beginner and I know I asked questions that bother others. I actually got really mad at a pro from England. He picked on me and I so I picked back. Every one is at at different point in their journey to become amazing photographers and we,or photographers that are further along in our journey should be happy to share our knowledge and information to those who have just started, or are seasoned pros. So, please remember to be respectful of all becuase I know you were a beginner once too.
      And I must say that your idea about having a complete URL list is good idea. It will take a little time though. Right now my family has a lot going on. With a wife who is pregnant and only 1 or 2 weeks away from delivering, my life is very busy. We found out a few weeks ago that she has a heart condition and now we found out yesterday that my sweet daughter also had the same condition. So, with my job and my photography business, and my sites and social media and marketing and all the other stuff going on I am going to streamline for a while and focus on my family and the things which are most important to me. I will be writing a few post and will be active a some of my social media sites, but I am going to put a hold on most of my internet activity. I don't know how long I will be away but I am expecting to be gone about a month or two. So, I will get that list ready and post it on all of my site. Thank you for the comment and idea.-Brian

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  6. Retouching often makes people look fake, often doll-like, and removes character from the subject. It’s very easy to overdo, especially with modern computer techniques. While some markets, such as fashion and portraiture, do require retouching, it’s inappropriate for fields like documentary photography or photojournalism, and optional for fine art photography. Personally, I only retouch for genuine image flaws, such as removing spots, which is more of a problem with film than digital.