For those who wants to learn how to touch up a portrait image decently, I have write up a mini tutorial guide to help members. There are many ways of retouching a portrait image. This post explains some of the popular marks used by professional photographers. I often receive PMs and emails and even MSNs asking me how I did it so I thought of doing up this guide for you.
I have chosen an image among my stacks suitable to best showcase my methods.
The above image is a portrait of my friend, May, whom I have shot a few years ago. May is an air hostess in Emirates Airlines Thailand. It was her break after coming back from US trip and we decided to meet up for coffee/tea and chit chat session. Fortunately I had my camera with me that day so we decided to do some casual shots for her so that she can put them in her blog.
As you can see from the image which is a direct image from my camera without any editing except for resizing to fit into webboards, May has many "little problems" which she was complaining the whole day while we were "dating". I assured her those little annoyance will be taken care of.
May is not a photo model by profession. She is very unnatural in front of the camera especially when lots of people were looking. She was very shy. I had to slowly coax her and guide her with simple natural poses.