Journeying through photography

Portrait

Do you spend hours on retouch?


How long do you spend retouching an image? 15 minutes? 30 minutes? an hour? a day? How long do you think it took me to retouch the image on the left to become the image on the right?

It might surprise you to learn that the transformation from the left image to the right took less than a minute in Photoshop including the loading and saving of the image! Really I hear you ask, how did you manage that? Around three years ago I went along to a Photovision road show and watched in amazement as one of the seminar presenters took image after image and blindly (literally) retouched them in less than a minute at a time. This included in one instance a complete replacement of the sky, including dealing the the sky reflection in a lake. The presenter was called Guy Gowan and he really did open my eyes to a superb way of processing images that doesn’t take a lot of time, but produces superb results 9 times out of 10.

I won’t reveal his secret sauce, although one of the foundations is detailed in a previous post, but I do urge you to go check out his web site (www.guygowan.com) and have your eyes opened to another way of processing that is straightforward, logical and produces great results in no time at all. Obviously in some instances you will want to take the images further and add textures etc to them to bring out the artistic side, but in 90% of your photographs his techniques will nail you the image you were after.

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Throwaways

In a previous post I talked about the quest for the twenty in club competitions. Well sometimes you come up with an idea and invest quite a bit of effort working through only for it to just not click. This image is a reject from an attempt at a splash of colour as I desperately tried to avoid falling into the cliche water drop or colour popped picture. It kind of works, but unfortunately my daughters face just doesn’t have the right expression to make it pop for me. Its an interesting picture, but is it a twenty… probably not, and hence it is languishing here.

I did try and gauge it’s popularity by posting it on Facebook and Flickr, but it wasn’t very conclusive. Ah well next image please.

PS. This is the image that was the cause of the controversy.