The Retouching Process

As photographers, we spend a lot of time learning and mastering our craft.  This includes post production.  I think it might even be safe to say that I've spent more time learning how to use Photoshop and different retouching techniques than I have anything else.  When we put the camera down, our jobs aren't finished.  No matter how much detail we pay attention to to make sure everything is perfect in camera, there will always be something that can be improved upon in the retouching process.  I remember, the first time I opened Photoshop.  I thought there is no way in the world I'm ever going to know how to use all of this.  Fact is, there's still a lot left to learn.  It doesn't matter what you're trying to accomplish with an image, there is always about 10 ways to do the exact same thing.  Photoshop is an intimidating tool when you first start out, but it's invaluable to our workflow.  I don't spend a lot of time talking to my clients about the details of the retouching process because it would be like speaking a foreign language to them. 

To better explain what the retouching process looks like, I've decided to record my screen while I'm in Photoshop.  I've sped up these videos so you won't have to sit through 45 minutes to 2 hours worth of watching me edit just a single image.  I should note that both of these images were shot with a "shoot to edit" style using nothing but natural light.