High-end retouching is all about keeping details and texture intact in an image so that it looks as natural as possible. Making sure the picture looks unretouched but polished is a matter of patience and wise choices in retouching techniques. In this video, watch retoucher Pratik Naik editing a photo shot by Andrea Belluso.
Retouching is often seen as the evil part of the photography industry. It has had so much bad press over the past few years because of failed campaigns and poor quality work that people have been lead to believe that retouching is bad and giving a poor representation of reality. However, as Naik mentioned in the description of his video on YouTube, retouching is all about bringing the best out of someone, making them look like on their best day. That means keeping the skin, the shapes, and the colors realistic unless the goal isn’t to create something natural looking.
The time-lapse above wasn’t created for an educational purpose, but you can always use it to identify the different parts of the workflow and in which order they are done. If you want to learn more about retouching be sure to check Pratik Naik’s video course on CreativeLive or our fashion and editorial photography tutorial with Clay Cook.