Just a quick post today–and I promise we will resume something akin to our normal update schedule soon! I have a small request. I am getting ready to do a little project, and I need a few photos from people who would like to have their pictures touched up.
Whaaaat? Bear with me!
I’m getting ready to, um, prostitute my services to raise money for something special, and one of the things that I do is touch up digital photos. I smooth out complexions, adjust the lighting, and make them look basically pretty cool. Thing is, I don’t have any before-and-afters that I would be able to display as examples of what I do. Tracking down permission for those photos would be kind of a pain, and some, I wouldn’t even want to ask. (One project that I did was, I touched up an old school photo that was scratched and damaged; it was one of the few photos they had of the person, who had been killed. The before and after makes me feel warm and fuzzy that I could help preserve his memory, but, I can’t exactly display that on a website–way too personal.)
So, I am going to ask y’all if you would like to donate a photo that you wouldn’t mind being displayed on this blog as a before-and-after touch-up photo. It’s not going to be so heavily airbrushed that it looks ridiculous; I try my best to keep it all looking as natural as possible. But if you have a photo that you’d really like, except that the lighting looks kinda bleh? Or you had some pimples and you’d rather just erase those? If you want some special effects like all black-and-white but one element in color? Or maybe you had red-eye, or there’s something in the photo you’d like to have taken out? Send it in!
The photo shouldn’t be tiny. I can’t really work with ubersmall photos and have them turn out very well. It should be at least 500 pixels square (although it can be larger or rectangular, but at least 500 px on a side) for web; if you plan to print the photo, having as close to the original size/camera size as possible would be amazing.
I can do a lot, but I can’t work magic. If the lighting is uber dark, or the photo is originally really terrible quality, I won’t be able to do much with that. I also can’t make a low-res photo into a high-res, printable, amazing photo. I also cannot un-blur photos, or de-pixelate photos that have tons of noise in them. (Please send photos taken by a real camera, and no Instagram photos, please.)
Give me a general idea of what you would like your photo to have done with it. It can be a general “just make it look nicer!” or something specific.
Please only send one photo candidate. I will pick a handful of photos to edit for free for the display–please don’t be mad if I don’t choose yours! I will choose based on versatility of what effects I can do.
You can do whatever you want with the finished photo. It’s yours, after all! (NOTE: Please actually DO send me photos that you have permission to give me permission to display. If it was taken by a professional photographer or if someone else owns the rights to it, don’t send it! Especially if it has a watermark or something!)
It doesn’t have to be a portrait! Have some vacation, travel, or other photos that you’d like to make look more awesome? Send ‘em!
Submit your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will let you know if your photo is chosen.