as per request, here is a short blog post about retouching. colours were edited with paris in october + hue/saturation layer mask that lightens yellows and saturates reds + vibrance layer mask. i work with photoshop cs6 and everything was edited under 15 minutes.
this is an example of retouching wrinkles - the spot healing brush is definitely very helpful! i worked through the wrinkles with thin lines until the blouse was smooth.
and skin retouching. adding warm yellow curves changed the lip colour and made the skin more glowing. i used a combination of spot healing brush and the regular healing brush to achieve a very natural-looking result. her skin is very good - i only removed a few moles and softened the wrinkles on the forehead and under the eyes. i tried to preserve as many freckles as possible, and only removed two or three larger ones.
should have probably removed the twig on the left as well, but it didn't bother me as much so i kept it. since it's on a neutral, blurred background, it's very easy to clone out.
hoping this helped a little, in the next retouching post i'll try to write about more problematic skin and how to retouch it.
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we got a cat and i got two new lenses, the 50mm f1.4 and the 85mm f1.8.
he's a little stupid and decided to take a walk on the stove (and burned his whiskers). he's all right though and would probably do it again.
also, there's a free photoshoot giveaway coming up very soon... keep your eyes peeled he he he.