Retouching or Editing Photographs and Why Do I Need It?

April 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Why do I need Retouching? ...or is it Editing? What does this really mean?

Most professional photographers use the term retouching for “fixing” your images. Edit usually means taking something out and we do this with every session. We actually do remove images before you see them. When we “edit” your images we are removing the ones where your eyes are closed or you are making a weird face…in other words these are the images no one wants to see. We like to use the term “Retouch” instead of “Editing”.

After RetouchAfter RetouchBeach Photo after we have enhanced and retouched it removing the seaweed and brightening the water color After RetouchAfter RetouchBeach Photo after we have enhanced and retouched it removing the seaweed and brightening the water color

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Most true Professional Photographers still call it Retouching. Years ago it was airbrushing or pencil work…that is because we came from the days of film when you had to physically work on the actual print or negative to make corrections.

Retouching or editing usually involves manipulating the image to make it better. I make my changes and enhancements with a large digital tablet and pen.

I am a professional at Photoshop and can do amazing things to your photos with the right amount of time. We can remove stray hair, acne, sunburns, tattoos, bruises, glare on glasses, soften wrinkles, or and even create weight loss. For a small fee I can even swap faces, smiles, remove braces, scars and tattoos. 

Do you need our retouching/editing service and is it worth it? We think so.

Before removalBefore removalBoys on beach before blanket removal and toys seaweed Before removalBefore removalBoys on beach before blanket removal and toys seaweed

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We get some great images and perfection is overrated….but I also know that nature is unpredictable. I expect to “fix” something in just about every image we make on the beach...whether it is removing the orange floating buoys out in the ocean, people walking by or just innocent bystanders to the session in the water.

You can expect us to fix these things and we gladly do it for free. Yes, FREE. We will remove all the extra people out of your images and not every photographer will do it. So, if your photographer offers to download your images on the beach and give them to you right then these are not “edited” and are definitely not “Retouched”.

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Do you need more than just the people being removed from the background? YES. Everyone deserves a great image and that is what retouching creates.

We remove the pieces of hair flying across your face or swirling up in the air from a gust…we take out those harsh red marks under your eyes from sunburn or the red in your eyes from the saltwater…we even remove the fake tattoos from children.

We soften the shine on your face, whiten your teeth and make you look the best we can. We are proud of our retouched/edited images and think you deserve only the best. So, Retouched it is…digital files or prints…we can retouch them all!


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