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To Airbrush or Not To Airbrush?… That is the Portrait Photographer’s Question
February 4, 2007, 9:25 am
Filed under: equipment, General, Long Island, Photographer, photography, portrait

I actually started out as a graphic artist before I became a photographer, so I spent a majority of my time airbrushing and touching up other people’s photography works. For me, I really enjoy taking a great portrait and opening it up in Photoshop with my Wacom tablet and really making a person look as best they can. However I know many photographers believe that what comes out of the camera should be the finalized product.

 In the world of magazine photography, there is always a certain level of airbrushing and touch ups applied to any photograph of even the most beautiful subject, so I think it is important to contribute the same to everyday portraits. Unfortunately the non photographer mentality believes that they came straight out of the camera looking as beautiful as any touchups I may apply, so I think people tend to undervalue the importance of good touch ups.

 I once had someone want to hire me who wanted “no enlargements and no touch ups”, she just wanted the RAW original digital files. I don’t care how beautiful someone is, I would NEVER release RAW digital files without some basic touch ups… even simple skin smoothening… Why? Because if that person gets my RAW straight out of the camera photographs… they will not be happy with the results when they see bags under their eyes, skin blemishes or other things that should be touched up, and then when they show their friends… they will most likley say my work sucks, as opposed to looking at their friend and saying “wow, you have bags under your eyes and bad skin, you should have paid the extra $$$$$ to have that touched up”. So for me, I dont want any of my work floating around out there unless I know it is 100% up to my own standards.

 I hope other photographers or even graphic artists can chime in on this subject, as I would love to know what other people think about photography touchups…


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