I would like to hear your opinion on my portfolio. I mainly aim at beauty and fashion retouching though have very little of fashion. How many folders do you think is OK to have? What photos do you think can go away? Is there a difference how many before and afters to be displayed?
http://nebularetouch.smugmug.com/ Thanks Tomas
Edit: old website has been deleted and new one launched. Still a bit empty but I am working on it.
Koray wrote: you do possess some skill but your portfolio lacks the touch of a pro. Its not something you cant do, its about what you havent done.
I do have the same problem thats how I recon.
original reply and yet quiet philosophical hint you gave
I want to filter my work and get rid of what resembles most of lack of pro touch. Then I would continue with my practice with ease on my shoulders:) thank you for taking your time. Tomas
Thanks for kind words. I deliberately didn't include my new web page link as I started to build it up only yesterday. I had already a few opinions in favour of a new web. So I am glad I am improving on that plane. smugmug looked quiet amateur though. Thanks Tomas
nebulaoperator wrote: @Rg REtouching. I am surprised you are telling me that about avatar image. What is wrong with it?
I agree with Rg, I personally feel that it is one of the weakest image in your portfolio, not because image is not good but because retouching is not good enough in a way. It is hard for me to explain but I would say you did good job overall but in the lighting part you missed the balance of it to an extent. Face got too light and shadows of hair are too dark. If you desaturate the image, you will get what I mean.
I don't think that avatar is a good intro I would put that image inside the portfolio so that people can see that you can do that type of look if asked. It looks too smooth airbrushed/blurred or something I really can't tell also colors don't look right (skin color is good, the hair is too orange?) I am going by eye here on mobile. Even if you didn't blur or airbrush the image some image lend themselves to look that way I would tuck in the port but that is just me. I did an image once and I was told i blurred a part of it but I didn't I don't use blur, freq sep nothing just regular clone, d&b, healing brush (sometimes). So that might be the case here.
Thank you for insight Rg and Pari. Image has not been airbrushed or blurred at all.
I am looking at avatar image now in photoshop added couple adjustment layers on top. It seems to me that hair is tad too saturated and the face and hair values are unbalanced. Hair shadow maybe too dark. For now it is hard to shift from what I see in my head and how you see it. You know what I mean?
What do you think about carving on face?
The shaping is fine but looks drawn. When I looked at left cheek I don't see any texture whatsoever there has to be something there for beauty and I wouldn't try to bring it out with sharpening that would make it look extra fake bring some back from original take down but don't remove (sometimes you might remove though there are no absolute rules), you know.. even.. but nice. It just looks way over retouched to me. You/me we got to learn to trust our eyes more and more. The more we take out of the image the more fake it will look. Also, there is nothing wrong with taking it this far its just another style I'm just not big on it but I have seen it done really well though. Also, I am no color expert I am learning myself I hope someone on the forum jumps in and helps but the skin and hair are too close to each other, meaning color, maybe experiment and change that up some.
Rg Retouching wrote: I wouldn't try to bring it out with sharpening
You know all sharpening I done was is Unsharp Mask 30:10:2 .At the time it didn't look over sharpened. I know it looks a bit illustrative. I don't know it is the way I saw this image in my head. Does it really looks over sharpened?
I guess it takes time for eye to train. Sometimes I am very excited on what I do and probably things get out of control.
Rg Retouching wrote: I might have tried for something like this http://fashiongonerogue.com/simone-henr … ion-rogue/ Do you like it? Is that a look you want? Then question is how much sharpening you think is there? Too much sharpening makes images look fake to me anyhow but i in the right hands it could work.
I like it. I like the colour palette green is so right here with orange coming along too. Colour scheme is very pleasant and refreshing. though retouching is quiet artistic, obvious too on the other hand.Maybe you get impression of too much sharpening from the heavy contrast. If you bring threshold to 0 and amount up you will get it even more sharper don't you? Just a thought.
Take a look at this one : http://amarfoog.zxq.net/beauty.html is this where you would aim too? Just scroll a few photos to the left and you find an image.
Those images are fine I just prefer the more natural look when it comes to retouching but sometimes I might go into a tiny bit painterly but I usually back away from that. I would go in the direction of the link I sent you, I like those the best.
As for the unsharp mask just try it and see what happens.