Pascale - Studio Photo Shoot

Canon 5D MKII - SIGMA APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG


It’s almost impossible now to look at most photographs and not think to yourself “Has this been Photoshopped?” or “How much has this been Photoshopped?” Which brings up my question “What would you do?”

For years I shot with slide film, it’s how I learned photography. Now, with slide film whatever you shot is what you got, you couldn’t do anything in post….there was no post! As a result of that, I guess I am more of a purist in my style of photography. I don’t want to create pictures that look fake or un-natural, even though I do use Photoshop for every image I now create.

My question to you is: Would you remove the couple of stray hairs that the light is catching in this studio shot of Pascale? Some people might even think I should try to get ride of the lens flare. What’s your thought?

2 Responses to “Retouch?????”

  1. I personally think less is more and prefer to do as little Photoshopping as possible. So I would leave it as is :) Beautiful Image!

  2. Richard Smith says:

    A great deal depends upon why and for whom the image was made.

    Taken for personal pleasure and use then I`d leave it as is. However,
    if made for a client who had specific needs then I might have my work
    cut out for me.

    As the image stands it is a lovely portrait of a young woman who appears to have a great deal of grace and charm. Her mood seems very pensive given that her eyes are looking upwards and far off and her hand
    is resting on her neck in a very relaxed pose.
    The out of focus element in the image adds to the image and seems to modify the pensive aspect of the portrait. Very nice indeed!!!