Fashion Faux Pas Part 4 – Clothes

Like all good things, our Fashion Faux Pas Series must come to an end. So here is the fourth and final instalment – part 4: clothes.

Have you ever been caught on camera shamefully wearing a novelty jumper? Or have you been made to wear something that isn’t your colour or it does fit you?

Here at ReClick Photo I am here to help with all the embarrassing photographic evidence of your fashion faux pas. Let’s take a look at a few examples of what I can do.

Man in a suit
Man in a suit

As you can see from the image above, the main subject of the photograph is a suave looking gentleman wearing an interesting coloured suit. Choice in clothing is like art, it is subjective. What one person loves another hates. In this occasion I will reserve my judgement but for demonstration purposes I will alter the colour of the clothing in this image. Here is what I want to achieve in this project:

  • Only to alter the colour of the suit the model is wearing.
  • Leave everything else in the image alone.
  • Create a realistic looking transformation.

Let’s take a look at the finished image and I will explain what I have done.

Man in a suit - retouched.
Man in a suit – retouched.

What do you think? I isolated the suit area and adjusted the colour levels until I was happy. Now the model in the photograph is wearing a suit in more a classic colour. When it comes to clothing, there is more I can achieve when it comes to retouching. let’s take a look at another image:

Image before retouching.
Image before retouching.

Although I do like this image, Personally I think the man is taking rather a back seat and is being over powered by the colour and design of the lady’s dress. This is where I can help. Here is what I want to achieve in the project:

  • Simplify the style of the blue dress.
  • Recolour the blue dress in keeping with the overall muted colours of the rest of the image.
  • Alter the colour of the books in the background in order to achieve an overall balanced image.

Let’s take a look at the finished image:

Image retouched.
Image retouched.

What do you think? We now have a much altered image. Firstly I started to work on the dress. If the lady was the only person in the image, then I would leave it the way it is. Due to its design and colour, the dress is taking all the attention away from the models. So I decided that the best thing to do would be to simplify the dress by removing the triangular cut outs and recolour it to blend in with what the male model is wearing. In order to maintain an overall look I recoloured the books in the background so they don’t draw attention away from the models. No we have a finished image which highlights the models themselves, not just what they are wearing.

If you have images of yourself you would like retouched like the ones features in this post please feel free to send them to me at info@reclickphoto.co.uk. You can also connect with me via social media, for more infomation about that please click here. If you would like find out more about ReClick Photo and the work that I do please visit www.reclickphoto.co.uk.

I hope you have enjoyed my Fashion Faux Pas series, if you would like to read the previous posts click the appropriate link below.

Fashion Faux Pas Part 1: Makeup

Fashion Faux Pas Part 2: Tattoos

Fashion Faux Pas Part 3: Hair

Thanks for Reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

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Fashion Faux Pas Part 3 – Hair

Everyday we are faced with our own personal follicle based challenges. How many times have we woke up in the morning and your hair, or lack of it, has been the source of much frustration.

The one sure way we can change our appearance is to alter the colour or style of our hair, but how many times have we got it wrong? Whether we have trusted a rookie trainee hairdresser, committed an unsuccessful self-performed fringe trim, or the application of a bargain bin hair dye that has left your hair in various unattractive tones ranging from dull gold to carrot red.

No matter the hair faux pas, here at ReClick Photo we are here to help. Sadly when it comes to successfully digitally retouching hair there is only so much I can do, but I do like a challenge. Let’s take a look at an example of what can be rectified successfully.

Colourful hair
Colourful hair

As you can see from the image above, both of the subjects featured here are partial to colour matching their hair colour with their outfits. Although coloured hair can be a strong fashion statement, sometimes it can be an epic fashion blunder. Here is what I wish to achieve in this project:

  • Retouch the colour of the hair only.
  • Reconcile the tonal quality of the hair with the existing uncoloured hair.
  • Achieve a natural look.

Would you like to see the finished image?

image retouched
Image retouched

What do you think? Firstly I stripped the red and green coloured dye from the hair, then I continued to colour match the those sections with the rest of the uncoloured hair. To complete the retouching I then proceeded to match the tonal quality of those areas of the hair in order for them to blend in. Then project was then complete.

Rather than having to wait for an appointment at your favourite salon, you can sent your image to me at ReClick Photo and I can help with your hair disasters caught on camera.  You can do so by emailing me at info@reclickphoto.co.uk, or you can visit the http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk. For more information.  Remember you can also contact me here at ReClick Photo via social media. Please click here for more information in how to connect with us.

If you enjoyed this post on fashion faux pas you can read my previous posts in the series here :

Fashion Faux Pas Part 1: Makeup 

Fashion Faux Pas Part 2: Tattoos

Thanks for reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

P.S.  Stay tuned for the fourth and final post in this series – Fashion Faux Pas Part 4 : Clothing.

Apologies!

Firstly let me apologise for the week of web silence from ReClick Photo. I have been in Lancashire over the past week and I had posts prepared but unfortunately forgot to schedule them to be published while I was a way. I can now confirm that normal service will now be resumed!

As promised I will continue with my series of posts about fashion faux pas with the last two in the series, hair and clothes. So what lies ahead at ReClick Photo?

Whilst away I indulged myself by being the proverbial tourist and gave my camera a thorough workout. With over 700 shots taken, it will take me some time to go through them all. I can’t wait to share some of them with you! In the coming weeks and months some of these images will feature on the ReClick Photo website, as well as being the focus of some of my future blog posts. Be prepared for images of spitfires, dramatic seascapes, stunning architecture, and an update on my beloved Midland Hotel in Morecambe.

It is an exciting time here at ReClick Photo, with some many projects in the pipeline and new products and services in development please stay tuned! If you would like to be kept informed about all our new updates, forthcoming projects and products, please sign up to our newsletter.

Thanks for your patience and I hope you enjoy what is coming ahead here at ReClick Photo.

Hugh – www.reclickphoto.co.uk.

Fashion Faux Pas Part 2 – Tattoos

Love them or hate them, tattoos have been around for centuries in many cultures all over the world.  The practice of tattooing has many purposes. As we all know, its most common use is for cosmetic purposes.

Some tattooing fascinating facts:

For most people, a lot of time and thought goes into deciding what design they want and what tattooist does the work. But on the the flip side of the coin, there are those who make a spur of the moment decision (often after a few adult strength ‘Lemonades’) and have to live with the consequences later. 

Here at ReClick Photo, those unwanted tattoos do not have to spoil your photos any longer. Why not send them to us and I can make your tattoos disappear. Would you like to see a couple of examples of what I can do? Let’s get started with our first image.

Girl with hairline tattoo.
Girl with hairline tattoo.

What I wish to achieve with this image:

  • Remove the tattoo, without altering the existing hairline.
  • Leave the skin as smooth as possible, without any unnecessary blemishes.

Lets get to work. Retouching hair, in my opinion can be a difficult and lengthy process. So when trying to digitally remove a tattoo from the hairline, it defiantly is a bit of a challenge. The method I use is to clone the existing skin around the tattoo and cover over it with a soft brush with the opacity reduced to 45%, slowly building up the coverage. Whilst doing this, some of the stray hairs from the neck hairline have been lost, so with a very fine brush I draw in individual hairs. giving it a more natural look. This takes a little time, but the result it worth it. Finally I use the healing brush to smooth out any blemishes left with the removal of the tattoo. Lets take a look at the finshed result:

Girl with hairline tattoo- retouched.
Girl with hairline tattoo – retouched.

What do you think? Let’s move on to an example featuring a more extensive tattoo.

Girl with floral tattoo.
Girl with floral tattoo.

That is certainly a large tattoo! Let’s make it disappear. Using the exact same methods as the image above, I slowly worked on this image so that the tattoo would disappear. Unlike the previous image, with this one we have a diffent problem to deal with – shadowing. Here it is not only the skin that need retouching, the shadows do too. As the shadows are slightly transparent, the tattoo can be seen there also. To remedy this i just clone the surrounding shadow over it and the problem area disappears. As I did with the first image, I smoothed out the blemishes on the skin caused by the removing of the tattoo with the healing brush, and then the job is done. Lets take a look at the finished image:

Girl with floral tattoo - retouched.
Girl with floral tattoo – retouched.

A definite transformation! Now you can see that digital tattoo removal can be done. If you have photos where you have an unwanted tattoo on show, why not send it to me at info@reclickphoto.co.uk and I’ll do everything I can do to help.

If you have enjoyed reading this post, you can catch up With the first part here. Stay tuned for our new post coming soon – Fashion Faux Pas Part 3 – Hair.

For more information about ReClick Photo and the work that I do please visit http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk.

Thanks for Reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

Fashion Faux Pas Part 1 – Makeup.

How many times have we all decided to try out something different? Whether its is a change of hairstyle, a new make up look, or a different style of clothing? In the end on how many occasions have we looked at photographs of ourselves with our new look and wondered what on earth were we thinking?

Over the next few blog post I’m going to show you how here at ReClick Photo I can help. Todays post is all about makeup.

Athough I am a guy, and not someone who wears makeup (well maybe just a few times when going to fancy dress parties!), I know when someone has made a makeup disaster. Let’s take a look at our image:

As you may have guessed this is not me in fancy dress, it is an image I found on my favourite stock image website http://www.pixabay.com.  It is a public domain image which can be used for commercial purposes. Here is the is the link to it : https://pixabay.com/en/young-woman-makeup-model-beauty-687444/.

The lady shown above is modelling a rather distinctive makeup look. As it may not to be to some peoples taste, I thought I would demonstrate how here at ReClick Photo I can give you a digital makeover! Let’s get started.

This is what I want to achieve with this project:

  • Create a much more natural makeup look.
  • Only retouch the makeup, and no alterations to be made to the models facial features.
Image retouched.
Image retouched.

What do you think? I thought that it would be a good idea to create a look that was the opposite of the image above. I wanted to show how the model would look with her make up applied in neutral tones.
So how did I mange to achieve it? First step was to remove the brightly coloured makeup, in other words a digital washing of the face. Next step was to work on the new look.  Working from the existing facial skin tones, I started to build up the neutral colours, digitally reapplying the makeup. I then amended the colour of the models jewellery in order for them to complement her new look. With a small levels adjustment the image was finished.

As you can see, here at ReClick Photo we are here to help with any fashion faux pas caught on camera. Over the next few blog posts you will see that it’s not only makeup disasters that we can help you with, so please stay tuned.

If you have any images that you wished to be given a digital makeover, then please dont hesitate in contacting me  at info@reclickphoto.co.uk. No matter how bad the the faux pas is, we are here to help.  Don’t worry I will not judge, I grew up in the 1980’s – the decade in which I discovered hair gel and sported multicoloured tracksuits. Need I say more?

Thanks for Reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

P.S. Remember to stay tuned for our next thrilling instalment!

ReClick Photo – the new look.

Our new look website has now arrived! With the saying “variety is the spice of life” as my temporary mantra, I decided that ReClick Photo was in need of a facelift.

ReClick Photo's new look website.
ReClick Photo’s new look website.

As well as giving it a new look, I have also added some additional features such as image galleries, social media section, and the ability for you to sign up to our new ReClick Photo Newsletter.

Galleries

In this new section you will be able to take at a look at the work of ReClick Photo. As I am constantly working on new projects, this section of the website will be updated on a regular basis. So please be a regular visitor!

Social Media

Here at ReClick Photo, I think it is extremely important to stay connected with you, sharing updates, letting you see new projects i’m working on, and more importantly making it easy for you to connect with me. Getting feedback and suggestions from you will let me know how I can improve ReClick photo so I can provide you with the digital imaging services that you wish for and require. Please visit our follow us section and see how you can connect with us.

Newsletter

Do you like to be the first person to hear news? I bet you like to hear about special offers? Well with our newsletter you can get all of this sent straight to your email inbox! All you need to do is visit our website and sign up! The best thing about it is that it’s free!

So why not visit ReClick Photos new look site and see all the changes for yourself!

www.reclickphoto.co.uk

Thanks for reading and hope you like the new site!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

Say it with flowers

How many times have we been going about our day when we are distracted by the scent of fresh flowers? Walking down the street, sitting in our garden, or even receiving a surprise delivery of a bouquet via the post?

Flowers play a big part in the important events of our lives; births, weddings, birthdays, funerals etc. They can provide us with great joy, as well as being a comfort in difficult times.

The Hill House, Helensburgh
The Hill House, Helensburgh

Over the centuries flowers have been a source of inspiration for artists, designers, photographers and musicians. When the famous Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh built the Hill House for Walter Blackie in 1902, he used flowers in rather inventive ways. Flowers play an important part in the interior decoration of the house. They are featured extensively in the stencilling of the walls and furniture. In the Drawing Room Mackintosh’s genius employs flowers, especially roses in a powerful way. When entering the room Mackintosh created a full on sensory experience; walls, textiles, furniture, and art featuring roses, a large bay window overlooking the rose garden, and most cleverly he created small niches in the interior door frame which he designed to house two small bud vases each with a single rose giving those who entered the room an unexpected scent of roses.

I’m so sorry when it comes to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, I could talk for hours! He is a bit of a magnificent obsession of mine. Now back to work.

Let’s get started. Here is the original image of a close up of a bouquet of flowers:

Flowers
Flowers

I just wish you could smell, as well as see these flowers! So what do I want to achieve in this project?

  • Retain the beauty of the flowers depicted.
  • Enhance the flowers shape and form.
  • Highlight the textures and shadows of the petals and leaves.

Like most problems there is sometimes more than one solution. When it comes to art, design, photography the solutions can be endless! In this project I am going to produce two solutions, each with their own interpretation to the brief.

Option 1

As you can see the rose is the main subject, but under close inspection it is not completely in the centre of the image. Some might not have noticed it, but it was really annoying me! To address this I just cropped the image slightly making sure the rose was completely centred.

Next step was to address the the lightness on the right of the image. I simply darkened the area around the rose so that it matches the left side of the image. This balanced the image, plus it helps frame the main subject.

To draw further attention to the rose in the centre I emphasised the some of the edges and shadows within the flower.

Lets take a look at the finished option 1:

Flowers retouched option 1
Flowers retouched option 1

What do you think? The rose is now the star of the show. When an image features a subject as beautiful as this, it should be celebrated. With the alteration of the shadowing and the framing of the rose, the image is a far more balanced one.

Are you ready for option 2?

For this option I have decided to disregard the colour in the image altogether and make it more a tonal study of the flowers. With this I can emphasize the textures of the petals more effectively than when I am working with a colour image.

First step was to desaturate the image. As I have mentioned in previous posts, to achieve an effective black and white image it takes more than just dragging the saturation slider to the left. With several channel adjustments, and a few curves adjustments, we have the beginning of a good image.

Lets bring out the texture. In a new layer, I copied the image, applied a high pass filter at 5.5 pixels then switched the layer to linear light. I then applied a layer mask, and inverted it. With a soft brush at 50% flow, I brush over the areas where I want the texture to be emphasised.

For the finishing touches, with a soft brush in soft light mode lowered to 10% flow, I work on the the shadows creating a sense of depth. Like the previous image I increase the shading on the right side of the image to match the left. Lets take a look at the finished option 2:

Flowers retouched option 2
Flowers retouched option 2

What do you think? Two different interpretations of the brief? which do you prefer? The only way I can compare them both is to make the comparison between a painting and a pencil drawing of the same subject. Each display their own qualities and individual merits.

As beautiful as flowers are, sadly they do not last for ever. But by capturing them in a photograph, you can enjoy them for ever. Do you have a garden you are extremely proud of? or has someone surprised you recently with a bouquet of flowers? If so take a photograph of them!

I hope you have enjoyed this post. If you have an image like the ones you see above and would like them to have a similar treatment, please contact us at info@reclickphoto.co.uk. If you would like to hear more about ReClick Photo and the work we do, please visit our website at http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk (New look website coming soon!).

Thanks for Reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

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