Digital Retouching

I believe that “Photoshopping” a client is what makes their image a picture of who they really are. It doesn’t remove their flaws, it takes away the parts that distracts their eye, revealing their true self. How they project themselves in real life is often not what they see in a still image of themselves. The photographer captures them at the right moment and digital retoucher refines it for them.

The trick to retouching portraits is subtlety. It’s always possible to manipulate a person’s image beyond recognition or just beyond belief but I focus on preserving what makes each person look like themselves, only better. A phony version of themselves will always look “Photoshopped” to them but believable enhancements will stand the test of time.

Another service I offer I call “digital enhancement” which is not about reality or subtlety but about creating an almost surreal atmosphere and giving images a dreamlike quality. A short depth of field is an example of a popular look that isn’t always possible with a normal lens but can be achieved in post. Clients with an eye for an artistic style may wish to request custom colors and effects.

PRICE LIST

BASIC Digital Photo Retouching:
$10 per process per photo

Processes:

    • Exposure and color correction, straightening, cropping, sharpening, red eye correction
    • Remove dust and scratches, simple rips or tears
    • Removal of simple objects in picture or defects
    • Scan of print. Includes minor dust and scratch artifacts, cropping and simple color correction 
MODERATE Digital Photo Retouching:
$30 per process per photo

Processes:

    • Overall “airbrush” process of face:  Includes, removing bags and wrinkles under the eyes, blemishes, reducing or removing wrinkles and age spots, shines, simple smoothing of skin, whitening teeth, removing stray hairs, enhancing makeup.
    • Improve receding hair line (if there is already hair), re-shaping hair
    • Rebuilding of basic objects in a ripped photo
    • Reshaping of facial features for weight loss, double chin, extra skin
    • Basic thinning of arms and bodies
    • Un-blinking a blink, available only with reference photo.
ADVANCED Digital Photo Retouching:
$50 per process per photo:

(Some of these processes are contingent on available secondary photo elements and approval of them and are only available if approved by the artist. For example, a person’s facial expression needs to be swapped out from another photo, preferably one taken at the same place and time).

Processes:

    • Overall “airbrush” process of face:  Includes, removing bags and wrinkles under the eyes, blemishes, reducing or removing wrinkles and age spots, shines, simple smoothing of skin, whitening teeth, removing stray hairs, enhancing makeup.
    • Add or remove a person or object
    • Change a background
    • Swap heads or other body parts
    • Change color of clothing or other area
    • Major body reconstruction
    • Removal of shadows
    • Repair of heavily damaged scanned prints
SPECIAL EFFECTS & COMPOSITING:
$100 per composition

Processes:

    • Image manipulation and compositing, layering, text
    • Adding special effects or montages
    • Designing “thank you” or other postcards. (Prints not included)
    • Designing composited poster, web page art, ad or flyer from photos. (Prints not included)
Digital Photo ENHANCEMENT:
Quoted PER photo ($30 – $60 each)
    • Digitally enhanced or altered depth of field
    • Drastic color changes such as sepia, partial black and white or custom colorization
    • Diffusion, glowing edges, surreal look
    • Custom styles and unusual visual effects