Retouching-is it really needed?

September 03, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Today I want to talk about retouching images. Is it really needed and do photographers do this? 

The answer is yes and yes!

Particularly in pet photography, we sometimes have to be quick and - well - just shoot. So even if we have the best gear and if we do this often, we sometimes have wonky photos. Do we want our clients to ever see them - no! So we do a quick retouch before we even show images to our clients so they can choose. But after they choose images, I personally spend far more time retouching and also creating more artistic versions of the images. 

You can see yourself, that sometimes the changes to the images are dramatic. And yes, I did pick a couple of images that were - well - not great. But I wanted to show you that you can get a lot out of your images if you consider retouching with a good software. 

Girl and Horse before retouching  Girl and Horse after retouching

As you can see, the original images was not lined up properly, there was something pointing into the image in the bottom left corner, the sky was blown out and the position of the girl was not great. 

Straightening the image, cropping and providing a good Black and White Conversion created a beautiful image. 

Let's have a look at another couple of images that are both in colour. 

 

Mother, daughter and horse before the retouching Girl and horse after the retouch The software programs I use are Aperture (a Mac program), Lightroom and Photoshop. I also use some Photoshop plug-ins called Topaz. 

I admit that Photoshop is really only for you if you are really serious about learning the program well. It is not easy to navigate around it. 

I love the Topaz Plug-Ins. They work with Aperture, Lightroom and Photoshop and they are easy to use. 

Let's look at another couple of images to demonstrate the power of Topaz Plug-Ins. The initial image of this puppy is not bad, But I love what came out of it after some work with the Plug-In. 

Yellow Lab puppy in the grassPM-C13-Sandie Elliott-Penny-125-3

Puppy in the grass after retouchingPM-C13-Sandie Elliott-Penny-125-Edit-2

So I hope that this post inspires you to think about retouching your images. In order to make the best out of the images you should be shooting in Raw format if your camera allows you to. If you have a point of shoot camera, the least you should do is look at selecting powerful new crops. You will see that your images will improve in leaps. 

 

Enjoy the photo time with your pets!

 

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