Stock photographs with .raw file extension have a mix bag of light, color, and tones in fashion photography. Shooting stock photographs in RAW format would let editors edit the same in Lightroom and then retouch in Photoshop using different tools and commands in the software. Editors balance out shadows and reflections on the photo and reduce the image noise to get the colors, which a fashionista may desire. Below are three post processing techniques which the professionals in photo editing services use to retouch a desirable photograph.
Dodge and Burn
The Dodge and Burn tool in Adobe Lightroom lightens and darkens select portions of a RAW photo with minus 10% opacity. The photography terms in a darkroom have come of age in the digital era. Editors use a black brush for burning and a white brush for dodging areas on a digital image. Where dodging decreases darker exposures and makes the photo color light, burning would darken the selected areas on the image. Editors dodge and burn with care and work on the specifics given by fashion photographer to improve the photo.
Frequency separation allows photo editors to separate the photo texture onto one layer and tone and color into another layer, and retouch both separately. This helps when doing in-depth photo edits, and lets editors manipulate over color as well as image tone without hampering the photo texture. Some editors use dodging and burning to clean skin, while others use frequency separation with dodge and burn combined to improve a fashion photograph. However, frequency separation would yield poor results if overused, so hiring professional photo editing services to retouch outdoor snaps would be wise.
Inverted High Pass Retouching
Editors set up Gaussian blur in one layer to reduce image noise, and turn on a high pass to sharpen the image at a certain frequency. In Photoshop, editors soften the skin of a model, but like dodging and burning, undesirable results may pop up on the skin only if the Inverted High Pass or IHP filter is overused. However, IHP helps to clear grease spots, makeup mistakes, and other blemishes on a fashion photograph and even makes a model’s hair glossier than actual.
Before giving back the RAW photos, editors in your clipping path company will use the “solar curve” to see if any retouching mistakes exist on the photo. It is photo retouching, after all, the kind of craft where perfection is sought.