Retouching actors headshots

1st April 2020

When it comes down to retouching actors headshot photos, it is always best to keep the picture retouching simple. Spots, blemishes and earing holes and stray hairs will be the first to go. Easy! Providing you have done a white colour balance. I like to get this right in-camera as much as possible.

Colour balance

Your headshot photographer should colour balance before the headshot session and again if any lighting state changes. Say you go indoors from an outdoors session. The light will be very different in kelvin (Colour temperature) so get it balanced with a grey colour card.

Model retouching

Now if you are a fashion model or a sports model, then it’s a whole different style of retouching. The fashion house may think the model’s clothes may be too baggy, and they may want a tighter fit, backgrounds can be changed, and the model may want to lose a few cms. In terms of fashion modelling, it’s ok to go that extra mile with retouching.

High-end retouching

Now I don’t always have the time to high-end retouch. After a model location fashion or spots shoot, I like to pass that part over to someone else—someone who loves to high-end retouch and will do a fab job. I used my buddy Chris at in Focus Retouching. I’ve used him for many years, and he always does a smashing job. He’s a first-class retoucher.
So when my acting client’s agents need their actor’s headshot asap, then I’ll get Chris to do that for me.

Glass reflections

Reflections from actors glasses can be a photographers nightmare. If you look carefully at the image, the glasses pick up a slight reflection from the lighting. In all honesty, I don’t have the patience for his kind of work, but I know a man that does. It’s subtle and well worth doing.

Please feel free to check out my tips preparing for headshots and what to wear in headshots page and do get in touch if you feel I can help you.