A High End Retouch usually involves many hours of fine tuning, tweaking, color adjustments, dodge and burning, sharpening, hair fixing and much, much more.
The process to finish this image was well over 4 hours. Check out the video at the bottom of this post as I cram it all into a slam-bang presentation of under 2 minutes.
I find that symmetry is very appealing to me. As much as I tried to focus most of the work to be captured on camera, There’s always lots of unexpected details that I missed. Unfortunately that translates to more time in post processing. I was slightly hurried during the shoot and failed to notice the most obvious error of her hair not being behind her shoulders. Just that one element alone could have saved me about a half hour worth of work. The key is to take your time shooting and try to notice all of the details that you would be fixing later on.