Whether you love it or hate it, there is no argument that it does accomplish a certain professional polish (not too little or too much, just the right amount). Being in the studio on the day of the photo shoot does provide you with a lot of ways to get the lighting just right and the proper head tilt to convey you are a personable individual (genuine smiles help to).
For all of those other details that you can’t control: uneven complexion, cowlicks, dull teeth whiteness, etc. Photoshop provides the photographer the chance to revisit each of these details, and more, to help you put your best digital presence forward.
Here’s my growing collection of client, friend, and colleague Before and After Photoshop Gallery.
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Stu Smith: levels, even complexion, teeth brighten and whiten, lighten (curves) right side of his face, brighten eyes, and photoshop haircut.
Brian Oneto and his wife: levels, even complexion, whiten eyes and teeth, subtle liquify, and complete (clone stamp) the background to maintain focus on the lovely couple.
Deirdre Mueller: levels, even complexion, minimize lines, whiten and brighten teeth and eyes.
Terra d’Oro: levels, removed unwanted (distracting) posts, signs, vents, and brightened main building in the photo.
Terra d’Oro Wine Storage: levels, removed unwanted stickers, lights, stains, and boosted saturation.
Craig Palmer: levels, even complexion, subtle liquify, brighten eyes, lighten right side of his face, and a photoshop haircut to look his best.
Terra d’Oro: levels, removed unwanted vents, lights, and distracting trees and highlights on the building entrance.
Kristen Betton, Yorba Wines: levels, removed unwanted TV, painting, soap plungers, subtle liquify, lighten and whiten teeth and eyes, even complexion, and added darker overall tone to make it have more focused on Kristen and the wine.
Stu Smith: levels, even complexion, teeth brighten and whiten, lighten (curves) left side of his face, and brighten eyes.
Ann Kraemer’s Shake Ridge Ranch: levels, removed bird poo, telephone lines, and small details to make this photo ready for the front cover.
Brian Oneto and Family: levels, even complexion, whiten eyes and teeth, subtle liquify, and complete (clone stamp) the background to maintain focus on the lovely family.
Ann Kraemer’s Shake Ridge Ranch: levels, saturation, and overall boost of color.
Bella Grace Wine Caves: levels, removing bottom reflection on the metal, wine stains, and black scuffs.
Last but not least…
BobZee: levels, clone over a bobcat pelt to match the chimpanzee’s frame, and voila a new breed is born.