The debate on retouching is a heated one, and none so much more than the retouching done on the celebrities we see in magazines and online. That is why I thought it would be fun to share this image with you.

This is a RAW file that was provided by Nino Batista. It is a photo that he has released to other photographers as part of an editing challenge. I will be submitting my edit into his contest, and I thought I would share the before and after photo with you. 

As you can see, once a photo is taken in camera there is so much you can do with it. I would love to know what you all think of the retouched image. 

I always say that when I photograph something, the retouching lets me deliver the final result I saw in my head all along. While I am not the photographer of this image, I feel the end result is how I want this photo to feel. And that really is what photography is all about. Where words fail, our imagery speaks.