Tuesday, March 29, 2016

About that touch up: Skin

Before I go in to this semi sensitive topic about retouching, I wanted to say; It really doesn't matter what your preferences are as long as you do not force your rules on others you will enjoy most of the photograph in the cosplay world ;D

Cosplay photos, in my eyes are photos of fantasies, unreal, beautiful artworks. They aren't meant to be left as is, candid, or untouched shots [of course unless it's behind the scene or selfies and all that fun stuff].  There are extreme cases where a photograph is perfect as it is right off from the camera, those are amazing and rarely can be found amount normal level of photography. And, when we can't tweak something while we capture the photo we will have to tweak it using retouching software, such as Photoshop or Lightroom.

I believe in retouching cosplay photos but there is also a limit to it. I have seen a lot of photos that have either too much photoshop that the person in the photo look deformed or their face look very flat. I'm pretty sure you know what i'm talking about here. Some Asian cosplay photos take it to another level. Yes, that fits my preference of a cosplay photo being unreal, but for my own photos I do not want that much editing.

Normally an Anime character do not have any freckles. So, I try to cover them as best as I can. Most of the times all that crap is still shown in the photos. This is where I HAVE TO edit. Below is an example of my skin fix. Before vs. After.
Even though when you zoom out you might not see it, it still look softer over all. Also, I personally feel better knowing that the skin is fixed. 

I know of a lot of photographers do not fix skin or they only fix it if there is a major flaw. But, when I retouch other coser's photos I always / and still fix skin. I feel like it's the most important thing to tweak. 

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