People often forget that all successful photographers started from the bottom. This knowledge should be an aspiring photographer's motivation that fuels every action and re-touch. Each person has the ability to exceed beyond expectations; to set goals and reach them. In the future, you may look back at your work with embarrassment. Remembering where you started from should be a source of pride. The growth of 20 popular photographers in their retouching skills might be the greatest source of inspiration.
20 popular photographer were asked to go ahead and re-edit a photo they took a while back. Both the original edit and the new edit are placed side by side for comparison. When viewing this article, it's important to remember that the intended purpose is not to showcase these photographers. Instead, this collection was put together as a form of inspiration in its rawest form. They were very kind to share their work and time to learn from. The difference between now/then range anywhere from 9 months to a few years.
The majority of people jump into photography thinking their photo edits will be flawless with the click of a few buttons. But just like photography, retouching takes persistence starting with endless hours in front of a screen and the patience to try and learn how to master it. There is no action, preset or shortcut to make an image an amazing one; each photo needs its personal attention. The successful artists in the field get asked countless times what the secret is. But there is no secret. If there was a secret, it would be somewhere on the internet by now.
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