This Photographic retouch took about 16 hours @ £100 ph, it is about as high a quality of professional retouching as you can get, not just because the work goes down to pore and fabric level, not just that the original image file was of huge pixel quality, but also because there are a million wrong choices and alternative directions that can be followed by even a highly skilled retoucher, most of which end in something that looks far too fake or just weird, getting it right in each case, is where the expertise lays.
This was a make or break shot for Ministry of Sound – Fantazia album cover, the model is the sexy sister of their bosses girlfriend, but she has to pass muster with the best looking girls on magazine covers and TV adverts. A little computer is used in almost every shot we do, the most important thing normally is it should be impossible to tell what is changed. Take a look at this image and try to figure out what looks unreal.
Here is the raw shot… maybe a bridge too far… but fantastic work and great fun to do.