I gave a presentation today on the importance of retouching newborn photos. Retouching can be a lengthy process and to completely retouch just one photo from start to finish would easily take more time that I had available for the presentation, so I did an overview of the different things I did to this image to get the final result. This included:
- Talking about what the camera sees versus our eyes and how we usually don't notice how magenta our skin gets when we get all warm and cozy, but that photos capture it and we might not notice unless someone shows us a before and after like this and then it becomes extremely apparent how much the image is improved when this is corrected.
- basic edits like brightening the eye area, shine removal and tone enhancement
- I showed how I digitally closed this baby's mouth. This baby was out cold and wanted to mouth breathe so no matter how many times I got this baby's mouth to close, she immediately would open her mouth so that the most I could get in the camera was a partially closed mouth. I also talked about the wrong and right way to do this and that it can be very easy to overdo the effect.
- color corrected extremities such as the toes, noes, and ears...
- magenta removal and why you don't want to remove all and that certain parts of the body need more magenta than others
- cloning out the diaper peeking out under the bloomers
- meticulous removal of distracting things like dryer fuzz, smudges, etc.
- even out skin tone -- yes, even babies have blotchy skin and can use some help
- more correcting options for skin tone
Angela Ferguson is a professional photographer in the Baltimore-Annapolis, specializing in headshot photography. She runs her own photography studio, Angela Ferguson Photography.