Retouching can be hard just by itself, but retouching a specific subject matter can be even more daunting. Retouching men has a set of rules and guidelines. There are different styles of retouching men that you would need to be aware of: portrait, commercial, fashion, fitness, and headshots. Each carry their own individual set of rules and guidelines.
For men, you need to ensure that you have the style in mind before moving forward with the retouching. You might be the photographer, or the hired professional retouch artist. Working closely with the photographer to achieve the look that he or she was going for. A professional retouch artist creates his or her work from the photographer’s style. There is a huge industry for outsourcing retouching work, and it is possible to make a good living from retouching.
Men photography can have more grit, texture, and specular highlights. With men photography, you want more of that grit and skin texture kept intact during the retouching phase. It gives the images a more masculine feel to them, without losing the overall look of the image. Strategically retouching a men’s photography image is an artistic ability from the retouch artist or photographer.
Consider the rules when retouching these images and understanding when to stop. Do not be afraid to stop before going too far, and take a step back to analyze the image. When retouching the industry standard is to use non-destructive techniques on the images. With non-destructive techniques, it also provides you with the options to move backwards before going too far.
All the steps involve practice, and practice will improve your retouching techniques. There are many different opportunities to work with local photographers in your area for retouching. A popular site to find other local photographers and retouch artists is Model Mayhem.