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So far in this chapter, we've taken a look at how we can reduce and simplify, and how we can remove all of those little distractions. You know eventually we need to know when to say when; we need to know when to stop. Otherwise, you can over retouch your photographs and then they just won't look very interesting; they will be too perfect. And here now I think we can gain a lesson about portrait retouching from another and different genre photography -- from food photography. Consider what the food stylist does before you create the photograph.
What he or she does is style that sandwich or desert so that it looks absolutely perfect. But then at the end of the workflow, they act a few imperfections a few crumbs, and it's those crumbs which actually make that dish look appealing. And I think the same thing can be applied to portrait retouching. Many times we reduce and simplify; we remove all of these little distractions. Yet at the end of our workflow we almost need to step back and say, well, what if I just brought back a few imperfections.
And many times by doing that, by keeping it natural, it can make your portraits more authentic and alive.
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