Has this New Yorker photo been altered? NEED HELP

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by aloneatlast, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. aloneatlast

    aloneatlast Guest

    You may have read the New Yorker article about the retoucher of
    models, Pascal Dangin.

    My question concerns the photos the New Yorker included in the piece,
    that show his skill. They can be seen here:


    The idea is the bottom photo is the original, the top is retouched.

    Here's the thing: it appears to me that it is the top that is the
    original, and the bottom the retouched version-- in other words, it
    looks like Dangin made the model LESS perfect.

    Note the carry of the arm, the position of the hand, finger length;
    how the light in the bottom "original" seems to hit her arm and butt
    from top right and a little out of the page, yet the face is dark.

    It may be some retouching was done in both photos.

    I would not put this past Dangin, if it's true. But I'm hoping I can
    get some people more expert than me to weigh in.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    aloneatlast, Jun 25, 2008
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    Leo Lichtman Guest

    I disagree. These are the improvements I see in the upper version:

    1.) Her hair has much better light.
    2.) The tan line on her behind, left by a bikini, has been very much
    3.) The facial lighting has been improved.
    4.) Dark spots on the carpet, which look like dirt, have had contrast
    5.) The overexposed white area on her arm has been improved.
    6.) The outline of her left hip, in the original, has an unsightly bump,
    which has been fixed.
    7.) The overall contrast of the photo has been matched better to the
    white/black limits of a good print.
    Leo Lichtman, Jun 26, 2008
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    KatWoman Guest

    my opinion >>not the same exact frame
    one from same series
    KatWoman, Jun 26, 2008
  4. aloneatlast

    John Guest

    Yep, that's for certain.

    And, IMHO, the photographer's work is sloppy as hell. Downright friggin
    unacceptable. Never would have got away with that thirty years ago. Does
    anyone do PHOTOGRAPHY anymore?
    John, Jun 26, 2008
  5. aloneatlast

    KatWoman Guest

    100% agreed, sloppy set, poorly lit

    I also thought those anorexic babes were history too, check out those
    hip-bones you could poke yer eye out!!
    KatWoman, Jun 26, 2008
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