Photographer

Tom LA

Posts: 175

Walnut, California, US

First time posting in here.....go easy.  smile

Just thought I'd share some samples from a recent test.  I just started taking lessons on retouching, so these were shot with that in mind (to have something to work on).  Thought it might be fun to see how others would approach these.

Model: http://www.modelmayhem.com/1810933

Feel free to email me for the raw files: tomshaophoto@gmail.com

http://tomshao.com/retouch/tjs_eay_1.jpg
http://tomshao.com/retouch/tjs_eay_2.jpg
http://tomshao.com/retouch/tjs_eay_3.jpg

Nov 28 12 11:13 pm Link

Photographer

Tom LA

Posts: 175

Walnut, California, US

After getting a few requests for the same files, I decided to upload all the files that have been requested to my server:

http://tomshao.com/retouch/

If anyone spends time on these, please post your results here for every one to see.

Nov 29 12 08:48 am Link

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Shane Maguire

Posts: 8

Drogheda, Louth, Ireland

You could almost make an android style app with those photos as a posing guide. For a shoot so limited (in terms of props, locations, etc.) and shot so tight (bust/head shots) you've managed to get a great series of images.

Not sure if it was just the model moving herself around, or your direction, but either way, some excellent work. Fair play, man.

Nov 29 12 09:44 am Link

Retoucher

Megan E Griscom

Posts: 486

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/2542/tjs2507forum.jpg

Uploaded with ImageShack.us
Nice pictures....model looks very much like Courtney Cox...
Id like to work on 2038 if you have it...or if there is a particular shot you want done I can do that

Nov 29 12 11:53 am Link

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Gizer

Posts: 175

Moscow, Moscow, Russia

Megan E Griscom wrote:
Nice pictures....model looks very much like Courtney Cox...

I also noticed this))
Very good job, Megan!

Nov 29 12 01:06 pm Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 486

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

Gizer wrote:

I also noticed this))
Very good job, Megan!

Thanks! In fact the more I look at it the more she looks almost exactly like her...lol

Nov 29 12 01:09 pm Link

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Gizer

Posts: 175

Moscow, Moscow, Russia

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w488/DrunkHard/TJS_1917.jpg

Nov 29 12 01:10 pm Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 486

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

Gizer wrote:
http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w488/DrunkHard/TJS_1917.jpg

Pretty...

Nov 29 12 01:18 pm Link

Retoucher

Laurelle Retouch

Posts: 45

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

my long ass try. Took forever

http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr308/etendtosmilex/TJS_2507done-Copy2.jpg

Nov 29 12 03:11 pm Link

Retoucher

pixel dimension ilusion

Posts: 1548

Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

hi this my try thks for the images
http://i48.tinypic.com/2vd2sub.jpg

Nov 29 12 03:19 pm Link

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Gonzalo Ponce

Posts: 60

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

great work!

Nov 29 12 04:43 pm Link

Photographer

Tom LA

Posts: 175

Walnut, California, US

All the newly requested files have been uploaded in that same folder.

You guys put me to shame.  I have a ways to go before I can turn out pictures like these.

That first one posted by Megan is probably closest to what I have in mind.  Shooting it, I was actually trying to contour the face/cheeks more along the lines of what PDI did (more dramatic falloff), but after seeing the difference back to back, I think I prefer what Megan did.  Laurelle was more bold with the skin tone and the eyes, and I love it.

Gizer...nice job as well.  I probably would have backed the saturation off a bit, but the skin looks nice.

Hmmm, I didn't know there would be this much interest in the files.  Maybe I'll post some older stuff as well.  They are mostly jpgs, but someone might still find them useful.

Nov 29 12 07:51 pm Link

Photographer

GBrutus

Posts: 136

Silver Spring, Maryland, US

#1936 & 2507 please.
gcbrutus@gmail.com

Nov 29 12 08:47 pm Link

Retoucher

Natalya Belaya

Posts: 355

Donetsk, Donetsk, Ukraine

Thank you for the photo! I can use it in a portfolio?
http://jpegshare.net/images/07/2c/072c76554e2d7b5dbe64326d38dd5d67.jpg

Nov 30 12 09:38 am Link

Photographer

Tom LA

Posts: 175

Walnut, California, US

lakkky wrote:
Thank you for the photo! I can use it in a portfolio?

Fantastic job.  Yes, portfolio use is fine.....thank you.

By the way, all of the files are at: 

http://tomshao.com/retouch/

Nov 30 12 03:43 pm Link

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Jas retouch

Posts: 105

Tuzla, Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

thank u for the great pics http://s6.postimage.org/ehe0fm9s1/TJS_1972_Copy.jpg
pic upload

Dec 01 12 08:22 am Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 486

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/571/tjs2038forum.jpg

Uploaded with ImageShack.us

I liked this shot but it was the only jpeg uploaded. I tried it anyway...hope you like. There were like a million little strands on her top...i might have missed some.

Dec 01 12 12:23 pm Link

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Natalya Belaya

Posts: 355

Donetsk, Donetsk, Ukraine

Tom Shao wrote:

Fantastic job.  Yes, portfolio use is fine.....thank you.

By the way, all of the files are at: 

http://tomshao.com/retouch/

Thank you!

Dec 01 12 12:27 pm Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 486

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/1531/tjs1950forum.jpg

Uploaded with ImageShack.us

Dec 01 12 03:05 pm Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 486

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

I didnt see 1960 or 2026 on the upload list....or 2492

Dec 01 12 04:34 pm Link

Photographer

Tom LA

Posts: 175

Walnut, California, US

Megan E Griscom wrote:
I liked this shot but it was the only jpeg uploaded. I tried it anyway...hope you like. There were like a million little strands on her top...i might have missed some.

There were about a million little things that I should have caught during the shoot.  I had a lint roller that we didn't use.  There was hairspray that wasn't used.  Lipstick was on her chin for more than a few shots before I noticed....lol.  The lip line could have been better as well.  I tried to do too much that day and ended up missing things that I normally catch, but now I know for the future because it's taken me this long to do one pic.  And I'm still not done.

By the way, the upload list just got updated. 

About the jpg files...I upload them only if raw isn't available.  Subconsciously I probably thought I was saving money by shooting just jpgs while I was moving lights around...lol.....but I'll leave it in jpg+raw at all times from now on.

Thanks to everyone that uploaded pictures.  It's encouraging to know that some of you are fairly new to this, so now I feel like maybe I can do it too if I keep at it.

Dec 01 12 11:20 pm Link

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Pixel Poetry

Posts: 376

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

sample
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12386535/Retouching%20Samples/TJS_1957%20Pixel%20Poetry%20Digital%20Retouching.jpg

Dec 01 12 11:34 pm Link

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Megan E Griscom

Posts: 486

Bordentown, New Jersey, US

Tom Shao wrote:

There were about a million little things that I should have caught during the shoot.  I had a lint roller that we didn't use.  There was hairspray that wasn't used.  Lipstick was on her chin for more than a few shots before I noticed....lol.  The lip line could have been better as well.  I tried to do too much that day and ended up missing things that I normally catch, but now I know for the future because it's taken me this long to do one pic.  And I'm still not done.

By the way, the upload list just got updated. 

About the jpg files...I upload them only if raw isn't available.  Subconsciously I probably thought I was saving money by shooting just jpgs while I was moving lights around...lol.....but I'll leave it in jpg+raw at all times from now on.

Thanks to everyone that uploaded pictures.  It's encouraging to know that some of you are fairly new to this, so now I feel like maybe I can do it too if I keep at it.

Actually I think it was just part of her shirt, nothing a lint roller could have removed. Strectch lace like that often gets little strays of elastic that work their way out. Did you like the retouch?

Dec 02 12 08:40 am Link

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zkey

Posts: 194

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

http://i439.photobucket.com/albums/qq113/zkey5/TJS_2519.jpg

Dec 02 12 09:57 am Link

Retoucher

Julia Springs

Posts: 49

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

::The Twilight Saga style
http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd130/zoomjf/My%20retouch%20for%20site%20ModelMay/TJS_2548_julia_retoucher_1.jpg

Dec 03 12 06:38 am Link

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pixel dimension ilusion

Posts: 1548

Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

hi this is my try
http://i50.tinypic.com/29yfvj5.jpg

Dec 03 12 11:20 am Link

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Anna Schnabel

Posts: 188

Dresden, Saxony, Germany

Here is my try, hope you like it.
May I use it at my portfolio?

http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/3452/tjs19572.jpg

Dec 03 12 09:54 pm Link

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Gizer

Posts: 175

Moscow, Moscow, Russia

Another one.
http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w488/DrunkHard/TJS_2026E.jpg

Dec 04 12 03:05 am Link

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zkey

Posts: 194

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

http://i439.photobucket.com/albums/qq113/zkey5/tjs_2548.jpg

Dec 05 12 10:55 am Link

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Gizer

Posts: 175

Moscow, Moscow, Russia

Sorry Tom, I can't stop ))

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w488/DrunkHard/TJS_2533E.jpg

Dec 06 12 02:13 am Link

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LoRetouch

Posts: 53

Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Here's my try. Hope you like it. May I use it in my portfolio and on other site?

http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/4410/darkdif.jpg

Dec 06 12 07:26 am Link

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Michele Fair

Posts: 62

Cleveland, Ohio, US

TJS_2069

TJS_2507

Michele.Fair@yahoo.com

Dec 06 12 06:15 pm Link

Photographer

Becky-Marie

Posts: 265

Miami, Florida, US

http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/9308/84213056.jpg

High-res available. ^.^;;

Dec 07 12 08:14 pm Link

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PWP Playin With Pixels

Posts: 6

Cary, Illinois, US

Here is my try.  I still have a lot to learn so thank you for the beautiful picture to practice on.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121208/14/50c3bed6e7d50.jpg

Dec 08 12 02:36 pm Link

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Rpixretouching

Posts: 355

Perris, California, US

very nice JPG   hope you like ti.
[http://www.mediafire.com/conv/4e6fc82bd6ebaf8c135950362130924324ce1856ea22c20da94eac4d47adc2a66g.jpg
close up.
http://www.mediafire.com/conv/7d7b14c9b11e8224258baa1f5ab71a481586044f5f3768233966b0b9490609206g.jpg

Dec 08 12 07:17 pm Link

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Rena Ollie

Posts: 11

London, England, United Kingdom

http://i.imgur.com/MW0XG.jpg

Dec 11 12 02:17 pm Link

Retoucher

Grockk

Posts: 1

Mahiljow, Mahiljow, Belarus

What do you think?
http://imageshack.us/a/img28/2460/95341650.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img24/1551/33831499.jpg

Dec 13 12 10:32 am Link

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cosmovision

Posts: 265

Rzeszów, Podkarpackie, Poland

Thank You for photos smile
http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag144/be_perfect/new_zpsb8214e53.jpg
May I use this work in my portfolio?

Dec 16 12 06:23 am Link

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cosmovision

Posts: 265

Rzeszów, Podkarpackie, Poland

My second try

http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag144/be_perfect/forum-1_zpsa48c3f0e.jpg

Dec 20 12 11:59 am Link

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Damien King

Posts: 14

Brockton, Massachusetts, US

My quick retouching work:

http://www.damienking.net/mmemilyann.jpg

Thanks for offering the pics smile

Dec 21 12 04:04 am Link