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People Are Fussing That The Royal Family Portrait is Photoshopped, So Here Are Some PS Tutorials

By Hanssie on December 22nd 2015

The absolutely perfect royal family released their absolutely perfect family Christmas photo last Friday and over the weekend the internet trolls were abuzz that something may be amiss with the picture perfect image.

The consensus is the image was Photoshopped! GASP! Boo! Hiss!

Chris Jeff/Kensington Palace / Via Twitter: @KensingtonRoyal

Chris Jeff/Kensington Palace / Via Twitter: @KensingtonRoyal/Buzzfeed

If you zero in on Princess Charlotte’s cute little head, you’ll see some evidence of our favorite retouching tool, Photoshop. People took to Twitter and Reddit to provide closeups and a strong case of the infraction because oh my goodness, NO ONE actually Photoshops images and everything we do is straight out of camera, right?

The fingers all point to a little fuzzy area on Charlotte’s sweater next to her too perfect head. Do we detect a head-swap situation? Plus, the same internet also pointed out that the precious doll is wearing the same dress as in her last portrait…for shame. (Um, maybe the photos were done in the same session and released at different times, or maybe the kid likes that dress. She’s the princess, and she can wear what she wants to. Also, maybe, who cares? And speaking of style, those knee socks on Prince George though. Just awesome).

 

 

Buckingham Palace declined to comment, and only laughed when asked about the Photoshopping.

For anyone who has photographed a family for portraits will know that the little ones don’t always cooperate and sometimes a little help is needed in post. Why the uproar? So, perhaps Charlotte’s head was swapped out from another family photo, and the Photoshop job was not entirely perfect.

But if you ever find the need to do a little head swapping in Photoshop or want some other family portrait tips, check out the following tutorials to help you out. You most likely won’t be lambasted internationally if it’s not perfect, but just in case…

AN EASY WAY TO SWAP HEADS IN PHOTOSHOP | AARON NACE

6 TIPS TO CAPTURE CREATIVE FAMILY PORTRAITS

5 SIMPLE TIPS FOR TAKING MORE NATURAL FAMILY PORTRAITS

MY TRICK FOR GETTING KIDS TO SMILE NATURALLY 99% OF THE TIME

LEARN 28 PHOTOSHOP TIPS, TRICKS, AND HACKS IN 21 MINUTES

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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14 Comments

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  1. Kayode Olorunfemi

    Storm in a teacup?

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  2. Paul Robinson

    What’s the big deal? Is there a digital photo out there that has not been photoshopped in some way or another? Really now, some people need to get a life!

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  3. Michael Burnham

    WHAT? A professional photographer has used Photoshop to make a family portrait look better? The absolute horror of it all. ;-)

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  4. Colin Woods

    Some people have too much time on their hands if they take the time to criticise the royal family for PSing a portrait. Its not news its a family snap. Get over it.

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  5. Peter Nord

    Some people are too fussy. I photographed a family of some thirty odd at a picnic with their 92 year old mother. Such a struggle just to get them all in one place let alone all looking at the camera. About 6 exposures did it. I photoshopped the heck out of it moving heads to get decent expressions, or at least improved those who were looking at the sky, or kids making faces. I added trees to cover some ugly trucks in the background. But grandma looked nice. They loved it. Now that grandma has left us they love it even more, and don’t give a hoot how it got that way.

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    • Hanssie

      The fact that people act like every image they see and take are not Photoshopped. These are probably the same ones that Instagram filter the crap out of their selfies.

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  6. Justin Haugen

    Are the catch lights in the baby’s eyes the same as the rest of the family?

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  7. Frank Vee

    The DRAMA.. WHO CARES!!!

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    • Hanssie

      A lot of people with a lot of time on their hands clearly do :)

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  8. Paul Empson

    what that photo does show is that it’s never the children you have trouble getting to look at the camera.. it’s the parents.. as they are always looking at their child to make sure they are looking at the camera..

    I always mention that the adults have to look at me… not their children, who will be fine as they naturally look to the camera..

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    • Stephen Glass

      YES!!! NO MATTER HOW NICELY YOU SAY, “I’ll worry about the kids please look at me.” It never fails!!!

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    • Kayode Olorunfemi

      I’ve done a bit of family portraits and sometimes my favourite shots are the ones where the parents are looking at the kids… it might not be technically great shot but the amount of emotion in the eyes are pure gold dust to me. I will always go for emotion over perfection.

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    • Hanssie

      Yeah, I always tell the adults to let me handle the kids. They just need to smile and look pretty…but they never listen. Sigh.

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