5 Retouching Mistakes Portrait Photographers Make

It is exceedingly rare that you will take a portrait that does not need some degree of retouching, and as such, there are common post-processing mistakes you should be aware of before you start your edits. This helpful video tutorial will show you five common mistakes portrait photographers make when retouching images and how you can avoid or fix them.

Coming to you from FJH Photography, this great video tutorial will show you five common retouching mistakes in portrait photography and how to avoid or fix them. In talking about creating unnecessarily extreme dynamic range, I think Hernandez touches on a larger problem I see with a lot of images, which is simply editing on autopilot without regards to the individual photo. We often settle into a certain routine with our edits or assume photos should automatically be tailored a certain way (such as creating high dynamic range, simply because today's sensors allow it). However, it is important to not let your workflow habits keep you from evaluating the needs and stylistic direction of each photo individually. It is often a case of "just because you can does not mean you should." Don't forget to really think about where you want to take an edit before you start. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Barry Strawbridges's picture


1. Creating a dull image by adjusting shadows and highlights.
2. Obvious clone stamping
3. Sky replacement
4. Misuse of selective color
5. Apparent liquifying

Francisco Hernandez's picture

Close. It's more like 1) Creating dull image by raising shadows and lowering highlights 3) Sky replacement with a depth of field that isn't realistic 4) Selective Color altogether.

Greg Edwards's picture

We'd better warn the author of that video to avoid Serge Ramelli at all costs.

Catherine Bowlene's picture

Yeah, your wording is way better here. There is nothing wrong with replacing sky or background as a whole itself, it looks good if realistic and can be done fine even automatically by photo editors like Picsart or Photodiva but the key word here is 'realistic'.