PhotoShop as a Tool

I have enjoyed the power of PhotoShop to retouch images, ever since I tried it (ver.2.5) in film and darkroom based photography this image could be tweaked a little in the darkroom…

As a photographer I had control of the lighting, and film choice, ie; whether I would use a medium contrast film or a higher contrast film to punch the image up a bit. I could pop on a soft-focus filter (my favorite was the B+W, WZ-1). But I would have to consider retouching to fix a few blemishes on the skin, even pro models will sometimes get a pimple on a shoot day. I would also have to have a make-up artist on hand so I didn’t have unevenly applied make-up. With the digital domain I can now transform the image of Becky Yuen into what I had visualized …

The light grey background has been turned black, the make-up has been smoothed out, veins in the eye cleaned up. And lipstick colour changed a bit. I can still go further, but many go too far with PhotoShop and plasticize the model…



About Darrell Larose

I am a highly motivated self confessed techno-geek. While rooted in traditional analog photography, I have embraced the new technologies in photography. I am just as comfortable under the dark cloth of a large-format view camera, as I am with a digital camera. I can produce award winning photographs within the darkroom, or from a digital-desktop. With 40 years of photography as a both hobby, and over 30 in the professional arena I have always produced. I am self-taught in the digital media, I have been a PhotoShop user since 1995 (version 2.5) I found the transition fairly seamless due to my long experience in labs. I have worked within various Government photo units, including the Forensic Photo Section of the RCMP, as well as various professional labs. I can easily converse with a police forensic photographer as I can with a wedding sports or commercial photographer. I have worked for several of Ottawa’s top photographers. I have worked at several pro labs. As well as many years in photo retail.
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2 Responses to PhotoShop as a Tool

  1. dee says:

    Love it, spectacular,the colors, the dark…

  2. Rose Lee Kim says:

    I love the transformation. Good photoshop work

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