Edit vs Retouch
So, what is the difference between edit and retouch? You may have found on photography websites different terms like “raw”, “unedited”, “light edit”, “edited”, “retouch”, “magazine retouch”, “air brush”, “blemish removal”, or other terms. If you don’t work with photography daily, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed by all the options! I’ll take a few moments to separate these terms.
Retouching in Detail
Now you’re more familiar with the terms of post work, we can take a closer look at different levels of retouching. Remember, editing is a basic correction of images whereas retouching is actual photo manipulation to change the look. We are used to seeing retouched images in print, so keep this in mind when viewing your own photos!
Points to Consider
- What do you want in your end product. Do you want something basic or more artistic?
- Let your photographer give suggestions or explain what s/he offers in their sitting fees.
- Worried about blemishes or acne? You’ll want to let your photographer know you’re interested in retouching.
- Photoshop is a great tool for photographers and artists. If you’re already one of those two, you can always use your skills to retouch your own images! Some of the latest apps and programs have options to enhance your photo. The best advice would be to let a professional use an artistic, detailed eye to edit and retouch your images before you display or print.