Now, to touch (see what I did there?) on the second reason, creative aesthetics, I will start by saying this is more for actors and models. Venturing into subjective territory, should I go this route, I will tend to apply a color grade to compliment the mood, or I might take the dodging and burning up a notch or two, it really depends on story we are trying to tell. As an actor or model, this where we can really have our fun as we explore capturing character or theatrical headshots. This is all determined while we are in the studio after we’ve captured what is needed for your commercial headshots.
It takes a headshot specialist to know and understand how to properly retouch these types of images, and through my experience and perfected lighting I’ve mastered this technique. Think about it like this, on a scale of 1 to 10, once the light is dialed into you, we will see 10s all through the session coming straight of the camera. Then once we’ve selected the best of the best from those 10s, I will then taken the to the next level, an 11 and create the most visual impact for viewer, which is what we want when people see your headshot. In the real world, there are only few seconds before someone thumbs the scroll or flips to the next 8 x 10, we want to stop that, grab their attention and get you hired. Below are a few examples of natural retouching where you can see how I’ve applied the techniques, then there is one example of a creative retouch. My goal is that after reading this blog, people will understand the philosophy behind why images are retouched. Leave your thoughts below and thank you for taking the time to read this! Cheers amigos!
Examples of Retouched Commercial and Theatrical Headshots
- Skin imperfections such os blemishes or dry patches.
- Fly away hairs.
- Dodging and Burning.
- Wrinkles and attire adjustments.
Examples of Retouched Headshots with Creative Aesthetics
- All of the above key points.
- Color Grading.
- More Dodging and Burning.