Photographer

Daniel Stagner

Posts: 64

Portland, Oregon, US

Hey everyone,

I've been shooting for a while but I'm just starting to get more into retouching. I would like to see what some of the more seasoned veterans think of my work.

What's good? What's bad? What would you change?
Any suggestions or critiques, I'm open for. I don't care how harsh they are.
I'll never learn if I don't take feedback, right?

Untouched RAW and the finished product.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5330/6923383728_97170c765c.jpg

Edit: After looking at this picture again, I realized that there is a pretty nasty outline where the other girl used to be. Any suggestions on a better way to mask that out?

Apr 11 12 07:08 pm Link

Digital Artist

Andreea Cernestean

Posts: 495

Baia Mare, Maramureş, Romania

I think a better solution might be to look for a similar texture of a mossy wall and place it on there.
You should find something useful in the http://www.cgtextures.com/ library, and there's even seamless patterns available to ease your work.
Once you've got the right texture just adjust perspective, brightness, contrast, colors, etc. to match your original then mask out or erase any hard edges.

Apr 12 12 01:00 am Link

Photographer

Daniel Stagner

Posts: 64

Portland, Oregon, US

Thanks Andreea,

I'll definitely give that a shot. I found another shot of mine that has nearly the same perspective with a blank shot at the wall, it's just hard to get the blending right.

Apr 14 12 10:54 am Link

Retoucher

Sofia Zasheva

Posts: 154

Sofia, Sofija grad, Bulgaria

Another thing is the color of her skin - it's a little off, too saturated and completely different from her arm. Besides it confronts the color of the wall on the left side (the "brick" shade's missing).

Apr 17 12 02:17 am Link

Retoucher

Rafael Alexander

Posts: 395

Atlanta, Georgia, US

instead of removing the model you can maybe just burn her out....then she will be visible in the shadows.....it adds another element to image...just an idea...who knows....

Apr 17 12 11:30 pm Link