The subject of “retouching” comes up all the time these days, so instead of putting a blurb about it in my F.A.Q. section, I’m devoting a whole page to it so I can show you rather than tell you about it. I’m often asked by prospective clients if I’m going to retouch all of their images. My answer is always a question though. “What does retouching mean to you?” There are many different levels of retouching, and here I’m going to deal with the 3 most common in my day to day work as a photographer. We’re going to work with 3 identical images here, from the pre-ceremony time frame of a recent wedding at the Founders Inn.
The image to the left has been RETOUCHED. I don’t work from the NORMAL image created in my standard process to do a retouch such as the one you see here. I work from the camera RAW file to create a much higher quality 16 bit image to work from. Images such as the one to the left are intended to be “HEIRLOOMS”. This kind of digital work is time consuming and very precise. In this case my normal basic work flow is done. Then on top of that there are 8 areas addressed. 1. Skin 2. Eyes. 3. Teeth 4. Hair 5. Clothing 6. Sculpting 7. Distraction Removal 8. Background Enhancement. To do this level of “retouching” to each and every image from a 8-9 hour wedding package (well over 1000 images in many cases) would literally take a month or more working on nothing else but those images. So the short answer is no, I don’t “retouch” every image. What I do to each image is the middle image of this page. I DO artistic enhancements to a great many images taken during wedding coverage, but glamor retouching is reserved for large prints ordered after a wedding or a portrait session.Images that go into your wedding albums are enhanced to a greater degree than my normal work flow. Those get special treatment that I’m happy to do as part of my services.
I’m happy to GLAMOR retouch any image you ask me to. Just bear in mind that there will be an extra charge for the time involved in performing the service.
So, I hope this page is helpful! 🙂