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Hey all,.

If you are looking for new ways of editing lighting and the removal of scars and tattoos, I would like to talk about it..

I just started my own site too as well called Ztomi.com. You are more then welcome to check it out..

Http://www.ztomi.com.

Z..

Comments (6)

After looking at your website, I am compelled to respond to your post. Someone has to!.

In my opinion, and quite frankly:.

You need to find much more attractive models..

There is no evidence that the retouching, as displayed, is professional. It's amateur at best. Sample 1 and 2 on your "Model" page, even after "retouching" still has terrible blown highlights all over her face, chest and right hand. I won't even bother with samples 3 and 4 as the original image is far better than the other two. Have a look around at some of the before/after images in the retouching forum, then judge your capabilities against those.Copyright is misspelled on every page..

Good luck!..

Comment #1

Iggier was a bit harsh but unfortunately he was right on, your work is not up to standard, I would know I used to retouch for a living until I realize my real passion was photography. You should check out the retouching section of this forum and you will know what iggier is talking about...

Comment #2

These aren't very good, but I will try not to be too harsh. More flies with honey than vinegar..

Do you work on a calibrated monitor? I believe this is so because many of the pictures still lack a certain "pop", and on the first page, the "after" picture of the blackwoman has a very clear saturated orange/yellow cast added to it. I'm suspecting that you don't and this is very important, as well as some knowledge of color management in general. I would not attempt ANY color correction or retouching on an uncalibrated monitor. If you're in the market for one, something like the Huey or Spyder would be good starting places, they both have good entry models. A hardware based system is always better than software too..

The photography is ameturish. To show good retouching, you should start out with source images that are as sharp and clean as possible. It looks like the images are out of focus, and have some compression applied to them as well. I would try to get something, anything cleaner that what you have now. It doesn't really matter what the subject matter is, as long as it's sharp and clean. To deal with high ISO noise, Noise Ninja (or Noiseware or NeatImage) all will help with cleaning up noise, and for those who don't have the software themselves, it will VERY handy to do run a service like this as well..

I also thought that the images of the black woman with the chain around the neck were rather offensive. Not that I'm offended by them, but in my opinion, they are not very tasteful. I think it could be the expression on her face. It doesn't seem very pleasant (kinda hard actually) and remember, your selling yourself with this website. Good examples are smiling, happy models. I would try to get new pictures and avoid the sad before / happy afters, as they look so corny and staged.

As long as it's something universal like color correction, you'd be in success no matter what the image..

Also, remove the search bar from the top of the site. It's really random and completely unneccessary. Making a custom banner or logo would also be really elegant, better than just plan text..

Hope some of these suggestions help...

Comment #3

Harsh as it is, you are right. I am still learning....

Thank you,.

Z..

Comment #4

Thank you,.

I will use all of these comments to improve my site and my skill..

Z..

Comment #5

They are right on, I am still learning but I have a passion for wanting to get better at it..

Thank you all for your comments,.

Z..

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