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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion

Black and White Conversions in Relation to Dodging and Burning

This is an outtake from the RA online workshop Beauty Retouching: Skin & Skin Tones.   The technique of Dodging and Burning, where one selectively adjusts the exposure on various areas of a film is as old as photography itself. With traditional...

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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Stay Inspired

How to Photograph Macro Beauty: Before Retouching Begins

In this guest article by Netherlands-based photographer, Sonja de Vlaming, she shares her process for preparing for a macro beauty photoshoot. From the right kind of equipment to consider, to lighting, to casting the right talent and creative team,...

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Fundamentals, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Software

Blurring – Clarifying Some Misconceptions

As any resourceful retoucher would know, there is a strict low tolerance towards over-blurring in the high-end retouching community. On online forums where retouchers post their work for online peers to critique and advise, I come across some good-intentioned...

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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion

Six Mistakes to Avoid While Retouching

In order to become a skilled retoucher, it is vital for every artist to recognize when too much is too much, and what mistakes to watch out for. Training your eye to discern the differences between quality retouching and visually...

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retouching skin with dodging and burning
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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Video Tutorial

Retouching Skin with Dodging and Burning

A vital technique for every retoucher to master, dodging and burning is a non-destructive method for retouching. This video tutorial demonstrates a successful workflow for utilizing dodging and burning on skin. We previously shared Zoë Noble’s tutorial on using the...

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Fundamentals, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Video Tutorial

Essential Retouching Tools for Face & Hair

In this video we'll be covering commonly used retouching tools for fixing blemishes on a subject's face and stray hairs. As always, our aim is not only to show you the basics of the tools but also best practices for...

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Fundamentals, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Working With Colors

Color and Luminosity: Real-World Color Correction Techniques

Introduction Every now and then, an image comes along with complex color schemes that can be daunting to retouch. For such cases, isolating luminosity and color components of the image and tackling each one individually can be helpful.  First, we must...

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Fundamentals, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Real World Practices

Stop Doing These 5 Things For Better Retouching Results

As photographers and retouchers we all begin from zero and improve our skills by constantly learning and refining our workflow. Looking back at my own progress in retouching, I realize that simply correcting some of my habits and beliefs...

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Kavyar Magazine Submission Service
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Business & Clients, Efficiency & Productivity, High-End Beauty & Fashion

Kavyar Takes the Fuss out of Magazine Submissions

For many fashion and beauty photographers, having their work showcased in independent magazines is a way to gain exposure. This process was rarely ever an efficient one, however, as each publication is vastly different. Traditionally, the method for doing...

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Commercial Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion

Unretouched and Beautiful

This summer, a few swimwear brands are making their marketing campaigns louder by refusing to retouch their images. The 21-year-old founder of Rheya Swim, Chloe Madison told Seventeen that she wasn't happy with the images of her body "enhanced to someone else’s idealistic version...

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High-End Beauty & Fashion, Video Tutorial

For Better Retouching Think Like an Art Director

As photographers and retouchers, we are used to scanning our images in search of the smallest blemishes and flyaway hairs to remove. However, there's a bigger picture to look at before you even get to that level of details. Try...

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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion

Approaching a Beauty Shoot Like an Art Master

Today our guest writer, Art Director & Retoucher Alexey Adamitsky shares his methodical approach to a beauty photoshoot from an artistic perspective and outlines his thought process as well as workflow steps from the start of the shoot to the...

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High-End Beauty & Fashion, Interviews & Making Of Stories

Artist Spotlight: Claire Harrison

Claire Harrison is a London-based beauty and advertising photographer. Her love for color and creative lighting, as well as her distinctive style, set her apart from other photographers in the industry. EyeLure, Nivea, Garnier and L'Oreal are just some of...

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Commercial Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion

Retouching Controversy – How We Need To Move Forward

Advertising photography has always presented the viewer with a fantasy, a flawless, idealised framing of a product as it might appear at its most desirable, carefully posed and painstakingly lit. To some this is art, to others a willful,...

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High-End Beauty & Fashion, Interviews & Making Of Stories

Artist Spotlight: Alexander Wätzel

Alexander Wätzel is a Germany-based fashion and beauty retoucher at his own dgtl-craft.com. In this Artist Spotlight feature, we'd love to introduce you to his beautiful work and some insights into his artistic processes.  --------------- HOW LONG I started working with clients and established...

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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion

Retouching Eyelashes and Eyebrows in Beauty Portraits

In this beauty retouching tutorial, out guest writer, Minsk-based Art Director & Retoucher, Alexey Adamitsky will demonstrate how to deal with delicate facial features such as eyebrows and eyelashes in post-production. --------------- Beauty retouching requires a great deal of concentration and attention to...

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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Interviews & Making Of Stories

Artist Spotlight: Ionut Matache

Ionut Matache is a Romanian fashion and beauty retoucher whose work stands out with its clean and natural finish. With only 5 years of experience in the industry, he already has a solid collection of international publications in the leading...

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Business & Clients, Commercial Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion

How to Build Your Dream Retouching Portfolio in 5 Easy Steps

My passion for retouching was sparked by my dear friend photographer and retoucher Natalia Fadejeva who taught me the basics of the craft about three years ago. In the beginning, as with most things, I was taking it slow through a lot of trial...

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High-End Beauty & Fashion, Interviews & Making Of Stories

Artist Spotlight: Baard Lunde

In this Artist Spotlight feature, we asked Norway-based Fashion and Beauty photographer Baard Lunde, a seasoned professional with publications in magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, L'Officiel, Marie Claire and others, how he started, who inspires him and what important steps he...

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Beauty Retouching, Commercial Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion

5 Mistakes to Look Out For When Retouching Skin

Beautiful, believable skin is one of the tell tale signs of a good retoucher. It takes time and practice to train your eye and your hands. Learning when to stop is as critical as learning all the techniques available...

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