In my blog post 'More sides to SAR...' I spoke about putting my best foot forward when it came to my online retouching portfolio & website. That's why when you enter stevenarthurretouching.com the main body of work being showcased is predominantly made up of fashion & beauty portraits that I've had the opportunity to retouch. It's my favourite type of retouching and the area I want to focus on as a freelancer. However, in contrast to the additional material showcased in the 'more' section of my website (work that I'm still very open to & happy to take on) you don't get to see the 'before' image.
I might have mentioned before that I love to flick between the 'before' & 'after' of an image I've worked on to see the difference (hopefully for the better) that I've made to, what is normally already a half decent shot from the photographer. Consistently checking back and forth is essential to the retouching process and to producing great edits! So it was a difficult decision to deprive website visitors and potential customers from seeing the changes I've made to the higher-end portrait work. It came down to a couple of things. Firstly and honestly, I think it makes for a better impression when you first visit the site. No distractions, just the finished product, exactly as I'd like the world to see it. Secondly, not all photographers/customers are comfortable with people seeing their work in it's raw state. It might still be an awesome shot but it hasn't yet had the magic 'sheen' a retoucher can bring to an image. Like I said, who doesn't want the world the see their work in all it's glory!
Seeing images fully formed in a portfolio hopefully gives the whole process a sense of mystery & magic - who wants to see a movie, unedited with no soundtrack?! BUT once in a while it can be really interesting to go behind the scenes and see the process that went in to a creation. That's why I want to give you an insight into the stages of retouching I worked through to complete the latest piece in my portfolio 'Untitled'. Follow my edit from initial markup to the final image. Click on the first image to view the gallery full screen.
I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes edition of the blog. There will be more right here in the future!