Here’s a 6-minute video in which photographer and retoucher Nino Batista looks at some of the most common retouching mistakes that amateur photographers tend to make. Eliminate these from your post-processing workflow to take your photos to the next level.
Here’s a quick rundown of what Batista highlights in the video:
Mistake #1: Over Saturating Color: All the color boosting, all the time, everywhere.
Mistake #2: Over Sharpening: Blurry shots cannot become sharp, so don’t try.
Mistake #3: Haloing: Filters gone crazy, sloppy masking, and other sadness.
Mistake #4: Red fingers, hands, feet, and ears: These pesky humans!
Mistake #5: Glowing Eyes: Don’t make your subject into a campy extraterrestrial.
Mistake #6: Fake Camera Blur (Bokeh): Difficult to do correctly, usually not worth it.
Mistake #7: Black or White Vignettes: A tiny bit of one, and none of the other.
Mistake #8: Not Zooming in to check details: No really, this is a common mistake.
Mistake #9: Blurred Skin: The infamous amateur retouching mistake.
Watch the video above for a full explanation of what these mistakes are and how to avoid them.