Today’s post was going to cover a shoot I was supposed to have yesterday (Thursday).  However, the shoot was cancelled so now for something completely different.

I recently bought a great book by Scott Kelby – Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers using Photoshop.  Absoloutely bloody brilliant book!!  For anyone who has bought any of Scott Kelby’s books you will by now already know that he has a very easy to read style – just like he is standing there explaining it to you in person.

There are six chapters covering eyes, skin, face, hair, lips, and slimming.  At the very end of the book there are three retouches that Scott goes through, and they are 5 minute, 15 minut, and 30 minutes in length.  Each chapter shows different ways of achieving the techniques because as Scott explains each person you photograph will be different.

The other reasons that I love this book is that you can read the chapters in no particular order – however, if you are going to do the last chapter’s retouches it is assumed that you have already read the whole book.  And, there are some FREE downloads for you in the shape of images to work on, and eyelashes for you to use when doing eyes.

All techniques are broken down step by step, and you have screen grabs to help you along the way.

I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to learn about portrait retouching and move away from bought actions.

Here is a short video with Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski talking about Scott’s new book.

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