In her seminal essay On Photography, Susan Sontag writes: “Photographed…
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.