I’ve recently sought the services of a retouching artist for my images and client projects and have only one promising lead so far. I would like a few more options. The following is my attempt at retouching this vintage Rolls Royce. I’m not certain how well this retouch would work with a client but after having spent many hours on this, I know it will have to work for the portfolio I’m assembling. [ Most automobile advertisements are created in CGI as opposed to being photographed. ]

Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur Diamond Jubilee Cup Polo Vintage Teal Rolls Royce Car Automobile Retouched Luxury Lifestyle Photographer Naina.co

Here’s the original:

Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur Diamond Jubilee Cup Polo Vintage Teal Rolls Royce Car Automobile Retouched Luxury Lifestyle Photographer Naina.co

During my quest for a retoucher, I have learned a little more than I already knew about the photography industry, how photographers work with clients and the multitudes of retouchers who use their skills to turn lackluster images into spectacular visuals. There are many levels of retouching – from basic edits like matching color tones, removing dust and scratches to adding lighting using dodging and burning, adding shadows, etc. and then there is compositing where entire elements are taken from one image and are combined into another image – almost like creating an image from scratch. I’m wondering why one would need a photographer for such an image.

If you know of a good retoucher, please ask them to get in touch with me. I’d like to keep portfolios on file for my next client assignments.

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  1. @Naina….Nice pics as always !!! I always check your blog to learn photography … :-p

  2. I’m a professional retoucher. I think you did a nice job, and especially like how you handled the unwanted reflections and tweaked the perspective. I think the single, centered tree, while providing a focal point nevertheless distracts from the car, which should be the focal point. I would rather see it moved, removed, or even create a row of trees. The bright wall comes forward too much, again distracting from the car.
    🙂

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