This piece originally appeared in our guide Breaking into Fashion Photography–…
Master photo retoucher Amy Dresser may have gotten her start with famed photographer Jill Greenberg, but today she works for a whole host of clients from Playboy to Barbie. And while her talents are in high demand, Amy humbly claims her work is relatively simple: remove what might be distracting, then pull the channels up and down to see if things will look more interesting with a different color direction.
In this video, Amy also talks about the quick color adjustments, masking, cloning, painting, laying…and more that she does (quick meaning 2+ hours and 10 layers for a simple portrait) including refining, shaping, pumping, or sculpting a subject’s face. She specializes in both human and animal faces, as well as some pretty amazing illustrations, so check out her video interview below for more!
Note that this is not a step-by-step retouching tutorial by Amy. Instead, Amy humorously gives us some insight into her thinking: why she chose to take the photographs in one direction versus another and what techniques she thought were appropriate for the shot.