A Photoshop action to create awareness about heavy photo retouching used in advertising. This nifty little hack 'reverses' the airbrush action. I understand that retouchers are doing a job, condoned by marketers and advertisers, therefore are not at fault for producing perceived beauty rather than natural reality, however, the tool used plays a big part in how this is done. Because of this, I can appreciate what Dove is trying to do, without so much targeting the photoshop artist.
I was tasked a few years ago by my mother to restore a few photographs of my grandparents. The images dated from more than a few decades ago. The job was complex and took a lot of time, but in the end, the result was more than great. We were able to print them and deliver them to the family on time for an important anniversary.
I never got around to post the before-after shots of this work, and since I have some time today, I decided to finally share this and get some opinion and thoughts about what you see.
My process was fairly simple. Scan, Retouch, Export for print. Prior to 1999, Scanners were not so great and inkjet printers were mediocre. The best we could do to get a descent export was to expose the digital image back onto a film negative, and then print it back onto black and white paper in the darkroom, thus inheriting the grain of the transfer film. This could be good or bad, depending of the initial quality of the image.
So without further ado, here are some of the images retouched.
We are lucky to have a lot of snow this winter. What's winter without a lot of snow, snow forts, snow-ball fights? Here are some photos of my girls from last week on a walk to the trails. [Note for the techies: 50mm/1.4 Nikon Lens, A little color adjustment in LR4 and that's it]