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| p.1 #18 · How do you retouch subject with skin imperfection ? |
First question: Is the part on her nose a permanent part of her skin? If so, does she want you to remove it? If it is permanent and you haven't had a request, I would absolutely keep it the way it is in real life, or you risk really offending the person.
In all the years I've done portraits, I've never had a woman criticize me for doing too much, but I have had a couple criticize me for doing too little.
A photograph emphasizes faults. When we interact with a woman in person, her face and the light upon it are in constant motion, and as well, they are obscured by her actual personality and character. But a photograph fixes the light and freezes the movement and removes everything from the total experience of her character that would distract us from seeing the facial flaws.
In addition, the photograph inevitably distorts the perception of proportions of face and body simply as a fact of projecting a three dimensional object into a two-dimensional space.
As photographers, it is our job to counteract the distortions and flaw overemphasis of the photograph and reproduce the subject as she sees herself...and if at all possible, how she wants to see herself. Remove temporary blemishes for sure, but at least lighten even the flaws that you allow...because she doesn't see them that clearly and sharply, and even if she does, she hopes no one else does.