This gun for hire

March 12, 2009 at 7:26 pm 4 comments


I don’t usually do extensive photo editing and correction on photos of people. It’s easy to want to just make that a little brighter, and clone-stamp this away, and keep making little tweaks until suddenly, you’ve got yourself a very different photo. I generally try to hold back. I can’t explain why — I just get a little twinge of guilt when I start getting a little heavy-handed on the Photoshop.

But it’s nice to know that if I really wanted I could run a serious photo retouching operation right here out of my basement. Only I use the term “basement” figuratively because I don’t really have a basement; I have an office on the second floor. And for a competitive $70/hour, I can take your photos to a whole new level.


Which also completely changes my perspective when I’m looking at those photos of catalog and magazine models. I could be ultra-perfect too, if I really wanted. Except for that slight overbite — dash it all.

But no, thank you, I’m happy being me — “Sarah, Plain and Short,” as my classmates used to call me when we read the similarly titled novel — thanks for that. I’d just rather be me running a serious photo retouching operation out of my basement in Belize. And by “basement” I mean oceanfront villa.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jen A.  |  March 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    WOW! OK, I have no such guilty feelings!! HAHAHA I really like what the retouching did with your eyes. Please teach me?! Or hook me up with an action set that I can purchase. And by purchase, I mean barter. :)

  • 2. Janet  |  March 16, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I wish I knew how to photoshop like that. I can fix red eyes, but that’s about it.

  • 3. Curtis  |  March 23, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    That looks great Sarah. I know how you did some of it, but I’m sitting here guessing at how you ddi the rest. Maybe we’ll have to have a this is how to do that in Photoshop lunch sometime with you and Jen.

    • 4. Sarah  |  March 24, 2009 at 9:54 am

      You guys are kind. I’d have to re-figure out what I did and maybe put together a tutorial, but I *do* know that besides some healing, clone-stamping, smart-blurring and color-balancing, there was a lot of unsharp masking, dodging and burning. And layer masks. Lots of layer masks.


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