The goal of retouching a photo is to make it look like, there was actually no retouching done!

The photo of you, needs to look like you, by being natural, relatable, and genuine. We are not taking photos and doing beauty retouching for the cover of fashion magazines like Vogue or GQ.

 Here is a photo of me, straight out of camera (SOOC).

Usually, I follow these, but not limited to, re-touching steps:

  1. General adjustments
    1. Exposure (is the photo too dark or too bright?)
    2. Colour (is the person too warm (red), or too cold (bluish)
    3. Whiteness, blackness, contrast
    4. Calibration (correct for the camera and lens)
    5. Remove the lights modifiers 
  2. Details
    1. Enhance the irises (the eyes are the window to the soul, just sayin')
    2. Blemish removal (anything that is not going to be there in 2 weeks)
    3. Make up correction - little, or too much, lipstick, eyeliner, etc.
    4. Teeth whitening, if needed
    5. Hair - removal fly away hairs (hair, nose, eye), missed shaving, etc.
    6. Lighten "bags" under the eyes
    7. Skin tones - for example, redness in skin, or skin discolouration
    8. Skin texture - depending, add a little softness
    9. Wrinkles - I may reduce them, but I don't remove them
    10. Clothing - remove blotches, marks, dandruff, dead skin etc. Note, black clothing looks great, but my camera picks up a lot of details.....
  3. Other
    1. Remove glare in glasses
    2. Minor adjustments to clothing
    3. Specific requests - if there is something a you specifically want such a removal of a nose earing, or reduce the visibility of a birthmark/mole, etc.
  4. Crop
    1. Provide the images to you in three different sizes:
      1. WIDE - pretty much, as captured
      2. TIGHT - more captivating, emphasizes face and eyes,
      3. SQUARE - for social media profiles (e.g., LinkedIn, Facebook) 

So, here are three different sizes of the "final" image.

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How much does professionally retouching cost?

Nothing. There is no additional retouching cost for the professional headshots that you select in my studio.

Resources for retouching

There are an endless number of resources for learning how to professional retouch photos. Some of the ones that I use to include:

  1. Anthony Morganti
  2. Adobe Creative Cloud
  4. Photoshop Training Channel
  5. PIXimperfect


Read more about professional headshots:

  1. What makes a good headshot - Part 1
  2. What makes a good headshot - Part 2
  3. What makes a good headshot - Part 3
  4. General questions about professional headshots

Peter Istvan Photography

Peter is a professional headshot photographer. Available in studio, or on location. Serving Parry SoundMuskokaSudburyNorth Bay, Barrie, Toronto, and surrounding areas. View pricing and scheduling.

    Peter Istvan