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Tips and Tricks

  • Edit as much as you can with your RAW file by creating several copies and editing each one for one particular aspect and then masking them to create one final composite image. This can be done in Lightroom and then bring over all the virtual copies as Layers in Photoshop. (Ref)
  • Use the Rotate Tool (CMD + R) to rotate the image when editing a closeup portrait to see it in a more abstract way as you can often see the image in different ways and can see the imperfections that you would have missed. (Phlearn).


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Portrait Retouching

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Overall Effects


  •  “It's one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it's another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” - Paul Caponigro