Learning high-end retouching

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In my ongoing mission to improve my photo skills, I recently purchased a series of retouching tutorials by Pratik Naik a.k.a. Solstice Retouch. It is a series of videos teaching how to do professional level retouching to make photos look flawless but avoiding making them look fake. As he says, the best retouching is when it looks like it hasn’t been retouched. Topics include skin retouching, minimising neck lines and flyaway hairs, contouring and many others.

I have been putting this into practice with my latest shoot which I will post pictures of when I have finished the lot but here is a sneak preview.

Original photo:

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Retouched photo:

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The things I retouched here are the skin by removing spots and smoothing the skin while keeping its texture, removing stray hairs, filling in a gap in the hair by her right eye, reducing shadows in unwanted areas like under her eyes, and reducing bright hot spots like above her right eyebrow and on the tip of her nose. Going back to what I said earlier, I think you would agree that if you only looked at the retouched photo, you wouldn’t think I had done anything to it.

I am pleased with the result although it does now take me a lot longer to retouch one photo. I have been spending 1-2 hours retouching each photo from this shoot. Of course that is because this is I am learning the ropes with these new techniques so I hope to get faster as I get more experienced.

Do you like what I have done here? Let me know in the comments section.

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Michael Jackson makeover and slideshow

Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge Michael Jackson fan. That is why it was such a pleasure to do a photo shoot with Leon who is a Michael Jackson impersonator. The video above shows his transformation from regular guy to Michael Jackson courtesy of make-up artist Neha Kumari followed by a slideshow of some of the final shots from the shoot.

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The shoot itself was split into two parts: studio and on location. We first started in my home studio in my London flat. I set up a single dark blue background and two lights. The aim was to create a cinematic look and feel and I think I achieved that. Leon put on his BAD and HIStory jackets and went through some trademark MJ poses.

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We then drove to Greenwich University. It was late afternoon and the setting sun created a gorgeous orange light which I took advantage of. We took some photos on the grounds and against some of the wonderfully designed architecture of the surrounding buildings.

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This was one of my favourite shoots yet. It was so much fun and all three of us were still buzzing the next day!

Leon went on to purchase a folio box of matted prints of his favourite photos from the day.

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What is a portrait box?

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A portrait box, or folio box as it is sometimes called, is a keepsake box holding your precious memories. It is a treasure chest of art prints from your photography experience that you will hold onto for the rest of your life.

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The one shown here is a luscious metallic gold leatherette box housing 11×14 inch white mats. Each mat holds a 7×10 inch print on fine art paper, guaranteed to last over 100 years without fading.

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When you have a photography experience with me, whether it is for a portrait of yourself, your family or your newborn baby, you will get the option to purchase one of these wonderful items.

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To book your photography experience, please e-mail me at perminder@projectzerophotos.co.uk or call 07849 211009.

Please visit http://www.projectzerophotos.co.uk for more information and to see some of my work. I look forward to hearing from you

Portrait of Zoe

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I’m sure I have said this before but I am always learning and improving my skills and knowledge as a portrait photographer. For the past year I have been learning a new style by renowned photographer Sue Bryce which is contemporary beauty portraits. I am now a lot more skilled at posing the client and making him or her look their best.

As you can see, Zoe here is wearing an exquisite dress which I absolutely loved photographing.

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We had a lot of fun doing this shoot. We were both relaxed and had a lot of fun. I tried out lots of new poses and setups. The results speak for themselves!

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I got a bronze merit at the Portrait Masters Awards!

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I submitted the above portrait at the Portrait Masters Awards and received a bronze merit in the Creative Portrait category! It is the first time I have entered a photography competition so am very pleased. I has motivated me to push my skills and creativity even further.

To book your own creative portrait, call me on 07849 211009 or e-mail me at perminder@projectzerophotos.co.uk.

A video of the gallery wall frame

I’m making more of an effort to get in front of the camera more and speak to you as a person rather than a bunch of text. I’m starting by talking about some of the products that I provide for my photography clients. This first one is about the gallery multi-picture wall frame. It really is a beauty, as you can see in the video.

Another new portrait box – the Crystal Masterpiece!

If you read one of my earlier blog posts, I was raving about a portrait box that I saw at The Photography Show. Well I finally have my own Crystal Masterpiece portrait box as a sample to show prospective clients. It is absolutely beautiful!

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The one that was on display at The Photography Show had a wooden-looking material which was really striking but I chose a glittery white one for my sample. It really looks elegant.

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Each mat has the same material as the box and the photo is placed behind an acrylic pane, giving it prestigious sheen unlike anything I have seen in a product like this.

Anyway, enjoy the pictures!