The subject of Photoshop comes up and I am asked whether or not I alter the images that I take, this is something which I readily admit to. The technology of digital cameras makes it to where most every photographer uses some version of software to edit their images with. Since all of my sessions are shot in RAW (at least those that are not shot on film), it means that I am the one making the decisions as to the exact level of sharpening, saturation, and a handful of other settings that the camera does for you when you shoot jpegs.
As for touching up the subject of the photograph, that all depends on what I’m envisioning for the final image. While there are shots that needs the occasional stray hair removed or the shadows lightened, it is not all shots that gets the full glamour treatment. For those that get the full treatment, I use a combination of Photoshop Creative Suite and Portrait Professional Studio. Between these two programs I can not only remove the stray hair, but also remove wrinkles and blemishes, make skin porcelain smooth, change eye color (as well as brighten the whites of the eyes), whiten teeth, plump the lips, and even change the facial structure (plus a bunch of other changes that are too numerous to list here).
Above is the lovely Mrs. S, whom I recently did a shoot with. The top half of the image is straight out of the camera, and the lower half of the image is after it received the full glamour treatment. While she is beautiful without my editing, I wanted the image to have the glamour look as if it was on the pages of a magazine.