Beauty Photography is an exquisite genre of photography, but also one of the more difficult and tedious for photographers and retouchers. Photography, lighting, team and retouching have to be at their best to really make the image shine. There is more than one-way to achieve a result, I will list the tools I have foundContinue reading »
Whether you are at your desk retouching or blinking away sleep as you flick through your Instagram feed, Retouching Academy’s curators scour the internet to brighten your day with striking imagery. We feature the world’s top talents including photographers, models, retouchers, makeup artists, and stylists. At the start of the weekend, we showcase the topContinue reading »
As a retoucher you have probably already understood that we don’t work in a vacuum. We, retouchers, are always a part of a team that strives toward a common goal: the creation of a beautiful image. And knowing how and why other creative professionals on your team do their part of the job will benefit you immensely.Continue reading »
Each week at Retouching Academy we surf the web searching for the industry outstanding talents to be featured in our feed for your daily inspiration. At the end of each working week we present you Friday Refresh, where we feature this week’s most popular selection from our Instagram page: Don’t miss out on your daily inspirationContinue reading »
By Wacom: Every picture holds two stories: the one within the image and the one behind its creation. That’s what Benjamin Von Wong believes and wants to transport into his artwork. By now, the 28-year-old visual engineer has become notorious for his epic images. “When you’re passionate, anything is possible!” Photo Shoot: A UniqueContinue reading »
At Retouching Academy, we scour the web for breathtaking imagery that showcases the top talents from around the globe. Every week, we will highlight the top five images from our Instagram feed – www.instagram.com/retouchingacademy – to deliver an additional dose of inspiration. Here is this week’s hottest selection: 3-Part Sunday #RAInspiration by @sims.photo Photo & Retouch: @sims.photo Models:Continue reading »
In the creative industries right now, there’s been a surface of a long building outcry against the expectation from some quarters that we as professionals work for free, for the promise of future work, or for that old classic – ‘exposure’. THE PROBLEM IS NOT WITH YOU It’s an issue as old as each profession,Continue reading »
What do we call “peach fuzz”? Otherwise known as vellus hair, those are the fine, light-pigmented hairs on the face, neck and other parts of the body. Usually so fine, that they can be noticed only in extreme close-ups or under certain light. While in many cases peach fuzz compliments the texture of skin andContinue reading »
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Many conversations between creatives over the last 5 years have made me realize that there’s something missing in the industry. What happens when creatives produce brilliant work but don’t have the platform or network to be seen? I’ve come across too many beautiful images that eventually fade off into forgotten memory by the masses. PeopleContinue reading »
We’re happy to share that Issue 2 of Retouched Magazine is now also available in PDF format, so you can read it on your computers, tablets and smartphones! Head over to our website and see what we have for you in Issue 2, ADVICE. ABOUT [RE]TOUCHED MAG [RE]TOUCHED Magazine is a bi-monthly digital publication designed to giveContinue reading »
This post is long overdue, but better late than never. I recently had the honor to spend a couple of hours speaking with the Adobe Photoshop Engineers and Product Quality team and share my retouching workflow steps with them. As I shared my screen, they sure noticed that I was still on CC2014, and I explainedContinue reading »
It is common knowledge in the beauty and fashion photography world that eyebrow shape can “make or break” the face. And while in most cases we, as retouchers, are lucky to have make-up artists style and shape the models’ brows in a fitting way, sometimes this task falls to us. In any case I canContinue reading »
When you use an adjustment layer in Photoshop that manipulates colors, you don’t see the coding that goes on behind each of them. What if you were able to understand exactly what is happening? Now there’s finally a way! Edmon Amiraghyan, Los Angeles-based photographer and retoucher, brilliantly made this PSD where he shows us exactly howContinue reading »
As a commercial photographer I am constantly creating content for clients. As much as I love my jobs, I inevitably reach a point where I find myself with a hankering for my own personal creative outlet. This eventually leads me down a path to my absolute favorite part of being a professional photographer – theContinue reading »
One of the major components in our interpretation of healthy looking hair is its shine. Apart from giving the hair a shiny look, highlights create the much-sought after volume. As with almost every task, Photoshop gives us numerous ways of tackling it. Effectively our goal is to create more contrast between lit and shadowed areas butContinue reading »
When I made the jump from my 9 to 5 job to full-time photographer and freelancer, I was ecstatic to have the freedom that came with the entrepreneurial life. Little did I know that there are unique pros and cons to a freelancer’s schedule. The freedom in your day-to-day is empowering, but can also unravelContinue reading »
I am very happy to share yet another great article from our friends, professional Berlin-based printing lab, that is serving artists around the world offering exceptional quality prints, WhiteWall.com. Today Jan-Ole Schmidt, photographer and Product Manager at WhiteWall, talks about different substrates that WhiteWall customers can print their work on. What Photographs on Different Substrates Express If you’reContinue reading »
If you have not changed your standard stylus nib ever since you purchased your Wacom tablet, take a peek into your pen stand and try different nibs until you find the one that works best for you.
If your favorite stylus nibs that you have been working with have worn out, don’t worry – replacement nibs are inexpensive, and there are 5 of them in each pack. So if retouching is your job it might make sense for you to try different types and find the one that feels the most convenient for you.
Here are some of my thoughts on the nib types that I have worked with. Please note that I work on an Intuos tablet and if you’re using Bamboo or Cintiq, just make sure you peek into the Specifications before you purchase your new nibs when the time comes.
Standard nibs are hard to the touch and they make me feel like scratching the surface of the tablet. So, these are not my favorite. And some reviews suggest that these nibs wear out fast.
Hard felt nibs can be compared to “pencil on paper” kind of feel. These nibs also wear out relatively fast, but this depends on your habits and how hard you press on your stylus.
Stroke Nibs are great, they are soft with a “brush-like” feel. But for me personally they feel a little bit too soft. They slide along the surface a little too easy, so I notice that my brush strokes become a little wobbly and it’s harder for me to control them when I work with these nibs.
My personal favorite is the Flex Nib. These nibs are equipped with a little rubber tip and, while they are softer than Standard and Hard Felt Nibs, they don’t slide on the tablet surface like the Stroke nib thanks to the rubber tip. I have a lot more control and confidence in every brush stroke.
Hope this helps in finding your own personal favorite!
Transitional Values, Tonal Transitions, and Micro Transitions are a big part of how we define the qualities that make up an image in photography. Transitional Values are the values found between the midtones and the shadows, and between the midtones and the highlights of a subject. The amount of transitional value we see on aContinue reading »