Photo Editing, Restoration, Retouching a.k.a. photoshopping

photo enhancing & retouching

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Photoshop’ing and re-touching Service

Photoshop’ing tasks start at $95.oo / per task.

Some examples:

  • Smoothing skin, remove wrinkles & skin flaws
  • Sharpening
  • Photo Restoration: repair of older or vintage photos
  • Enhancement of the overall photo look
  • Removing / replacing unwanted objects

… and there’s much more that can be done.

More complex photo editing tasks can cost a little bit more but once I see the photo you want to have edited I can put a price tag on it.
If you have multiple photos then discounts are likely, depending on the synergy effects and overall tasks.

I’ll keep it simple and transparent – Just contact me: best is to send me an email with a brief description of the issue and your goals.

Pricing in general and How to book

Contact info and more about offered services can be found on the About me page.

Editing and photoshopping a photo allows to strengthen the message of the photo and to make it even better.

Most great photos are post-processed with an image-editing software.

PHOTOS – documentary but also the art of illusion

Whatever ‘stunning photo’ you may see, I believe it is safe to say that it had been post-processed with a photo editing software. Often the reason for enhancing a photo is to bring its message closer to what the photographer had actually seen and experienced while taking the photo – let’s say a stunning, breathtaking sunset at Grand Canyon or at a beach.

After taking the photo and looking at it, no matter how good the camera was, you’ll often think that the real scene was more impressive than the photo shows.

That might be because the technical possibilities were just limiting the capturing process of the photo or because of the fact that your brain is adding more to the scene than you can physically capture: the moment itself, the fact that you experience that beautiful scene, noises, etc. … you live that moment and you want to capture it in a photo.

If that photo then turns out to be good but less impressive than you had experienced the scene, you must turn to post-enhancing techniques. That brings the photo to the point where it actually expresses what you had seen and experienced.

Photoshop is the de-facto standard in the professional industry and that’s where the term ‘photoshopping a photo’ stems from.

One step further: retouching — modifying photos in order to make a scene look like what you wish it would be

Examples are to remove distracting or unwanted objects from a photo like a large brown spot on a lawn. Or an ugly trash can in front of a landmark.

You might need to make the skin of a person look perfectly smooth for a family photo. Or you slightly flinched when taking a photo in a hurry – some moments in life can not be repeated or require to be fast when taking the photo. It has to be done quickly and may be the resulting photo is not sharp enough.

Photoshop’ing allows to correct flaws in a photo.

Photo Restoration

Older paper-printed photos are often either faded, scratched, or even torn. Other common damages to photos include spilled water or beverages. Whatever it is, a digital restoration process can help to restore old glory. There are limits, though.
Email me a (phone) picture of the photo you want to have restored plus a brief description of the issue and I’ll give you a free quote.

Learn more about PHOTO RESTORATION & Repair

One photo, many variations

Using image editing software allows also to create different versions of the photo like e.g. a black-and-white version and a color version or a mix of those two. Or you can crop a photo and emphasize details.

HDR photography and HDR enhancing

HDR means ‘High-Dynamic-Range’ imaging and became popular when cameras could technically support it: you’ll take 2 to 7 images of the motif at different settings and later those images are merged into one single photo by using the best stuff from each version.

By doing that the highlight and shadow areas will look more the way the human eye had experienced the scene. The range of color and light information for the photo increases when HDR photos are taken and help improving the result.

However, a second meaning of HDR is that the photo is post-processed in a photo editing software and HDR-like effects and techniques are introduced to the photo. That is an interesting technique and works best with high-quality RAW images.

You have to right-size the ‘dosis’ — colors, contrasts and more settings can be pushed to a level where the ‘real life’ photo looks like abstract art.

Some photos then look like an artwork and often unreal — I believe it comes down to personal taste. I like to enhance photos to the point where they transmit the message and real scene in the best possible way without making the photo look unrealistic (unless that is the intention). It should look like you actually re-experience the moment while looking at the picture.

Real world examples

Original: Real world skin, some light reflections; little bit oily, reddish spots, marks, moles, etc; Edited image: smooth look without loosing the real world texture of the skin. Normally that is what you want, otherwise if the texture is removed the image may look unnatural.

But if we need to make corrections to the texture, like smoothing larger pores or removing moles, we can do this without jeopardizing the natural look.


Original: Red car; Edited image: modified car color ‘gold’ without affecting other red cars in the photo.

Exposure, highlights and shadows: On the left the car is slightly too dark which stems from the bright sky and horizon in the background. Such unwanted effects can be corrected by not only HDR but several other techniques, either while taking the photo or later during the editing process. That means that you can get a perfect resulting photo even if the original photo had flaws.

The following two photos show a coffee table and the first image is slightly out of focus. In the second image the detail of the table is sharp and leaves the background intentionally unsharp in order to emphasize what you want to focus on.

The following photo is an example for applying RAW editing and HDR effects to a photo. Also, all things in the photo were added and photoshopped. The base photo is an empty beach with no car, no girls, no animals, no lighthouse, no clouds. It is a demonstration about what is possible and how you can change reality.

Retouching photos -- modifying reality

Retouching photos — modifying reality

Besides of the photos shown here on my website please check out some other projects I am presenting on Behance:

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