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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.

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.

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!