Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Very Disturbing Experience
I just had my first, and hopefully ONLY experience of being retouched by a professional. It was wrenching. First, I felt insulted. Why would I want to try and look younger and prettier than I am? Or like I wear a ton of makeup?
Secondly, I was dismayed. This is how I'm supposed to look? I was very happy with the photos, but after seeing the image returned by the retoucher, I saw all my flaws larger than life. I sent it back asking for no retouching on the face, just color correction- those are my flaws, and I'm keeping them, thank you very much.
This shoot of me by Nathaniel Welch was piggybacked on the shoot of the former National Security council chief Robert Clarke at the Discover offices last week. The final select will be used as a headshot on my Visual Science blog. Normally I find being photographed is like eating glass, but the capable Nathaniel made it almost easy. Nathaniel did try to sell me on another lighting set up that I wasn't crazy about by telling me it made me look interesting. So I had to tell him "I AM interesting. I'd rather just look good". I suppose these are some of the benefits of producing your own portrait shoot. He also made good, clean shots of the notably brusque Clarke in just a few minutes. I was impressed, and will definitely be using him again.