As a wedding photographer, I don’t quite understand or totally appreciate the amount work of a high-end retoucher. I’m in awe of the hours it takes to complete one image. For me, I have to cull and color correct upwards of 3-4 thousand images per wedding and haven’t the luxury of spending more than a second or two on each image. The handful of photos that do make it into the Photoshop pile, the ones that are to be blogged, ordered as prints or make it into the album, get a much closer scrutiny. Still, my time in Photoshop is brief – 10 to 20 minutes at the very most – and that is a generous estimate in most cases.
The other day, I wrote about a quick beauty retouch edit that showed a 45-minute retouch condensed into 3 minutes. In that same vein, the following time-lapse videos will condense HOURS of retouch into 90 seconds. I cannot even fathom spending that much time in post processing on a single image, but for agencies like Rare Digital Art, this is a typical edit. Elizabeth Moss, photographer and founder of this high end, NYC based boutique retouching company has shared three amazing behind the scenes looks of three different photographs. And it’s mesmerizing.
To this, in 6 hours.
In the first time-lapse, a 6 hour edit condensed to 90 seconds, shows us a blemished model with wild hair edited to clear skinned, cleaned up, magazine cover worthy image. The second and third videos are a paltry 4-hour edit and a 90-minute edit (respectively) sped up into 90-second time-lapses. The quality and detail-oriented work that goes into each image is astounding and fascinating. As Elizabeth Moss tells PetaPixel, “With all the talk about Photoshop use or overuse, I thought it would be interesting for people to see how we actually add pores to skin (we do this in the 2nd and 3rd videos, sampled from the girl in the first video).”
Watch ‘Time-Lapse 6 Hours of Retouching in 90 Seconds’
Watch ‘4 Hours of Retouching in 90 Seconds by Rare Digital Art NYC’
Watch ‘Time-Lapse 90 Minutes of Retouching in 90 Seconds’