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The image on the left, captured in raw file format, is exactly as recorded by the camera.
In addition to obvious colour correction, the photograph has been generally cleaned up, skin smoothed, blemishes removed etc.
RETOUCHING SKIN, HAIR AND CLOTHING...
Apart from an obvious colour bias, this scan from a transparency required further retouching and cleaning up.
For example, the yellow desk trim was changed to blue and the converging verticals of the office building were corrected.
CORRECTING COLOUR BIAS AND PERSPECTIVE...
A fairly common task in retouching is to extend a background.
A larger carpet than the small sample available was required so it was a simple matter of copying, pasting and blending.
EXTENDING BACKGROUNDS...
Our client decided to replace the plain sofa - shown on the brochure - with a different model featuring striped fabric.
I photographed the striped sofa in the client's showroom, matching lighting and angle, then dropped it into the roomset.
PRODUCT SUBSTITUTION...
Both the above pictures were shot on location with unsuitable backgrounds.
However, it's a fairly simple matter to create a clipping path to isolate the subject from its background.
CLIPPING PATHS...
Target's Forza darts were shot with a 90mm tilt and shift lens to maintain sharpness throughout. However, it was felt that
some selective blurring would create a more dramatic shot. The other task was to sort out the text on the shaft.
IMAGE MANIPULATION...
To create a dramatic picture for the front cover of a product catalogue for FH Brundle, all components were first shot individually.
After creating clipping paths, all items were arranged into a composition, adding reflections, flames and glowing edges.
PHOTO COMPOSITION...
After creating a clipping path around the watch, it was dropped onto a darker background.
After brightening up the image by extending its dynamic range and boosting colour, a reflection and horizon were added.
IMAGE MANIPULATION...
Retouching to this picture, shot in a showroom, is fairly subtle but essential to create an ambience.
Perspective was corrected, pictures added and, lastly, flames and lighting accentuated to create warmth.
IMAGE ENHANCEMENT...
Normally I would shoot the flights separately and superimpose one over another but in this case, as they were translucent,
I felt it better to shoot them together. Clipping paths followed before attention was turned to the text on the shafts.
MANIPULATION AND ENHANCEMENT...
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