What is considered to be too much?
I often peruse websites and crack up when I see photos of public figures like government officials or TV anchors with absolutely no shadows, wrinkles, or skin contours. The photos of the people look like cartoon caricatures and appear “plastic”. I often wonder if the people actually think they look good or not. I remember one time when a client asked if I could update his LinkedIn photo and he wanted to appear younger. He showed proudly showed me a copy of his current profile photo and asked, “Can you do something like this? I have had so many compliments.” I gazed down on the photo which looked like a mannequin version of the person and almost like a graphic cartoon of his face. It looked downright creepy and I wondered if the so-called compliments were just polite gestures.
Retouching of shadows and skin smooth is acceptable if skin texture still is visible. Otherwise, it looks totally airbrushed. I am all for the use of filters but how much is too much?
What do you think? Would you want people to see a photo of you like some of the examples below?
Examples of what “not to do”
The one above looks totally airbrushed in my opinion.
This photo at least shows a hint of crow’s feet but still has the “painted” feel.
OK…the only normal looking person is Trent Kelly. The rest look totally flat and painted. The photo of Stacey Deffenbaugh is too dark and the shadows need to be lightened in the entire photo.
Here is a close-up photo of Chad Oliver. Do I even have to point out what is overly retouched? Yikes!