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Baggy trousers

Baggy trousers for the bride and perhaps the end of a long day for the groom. It’s amazing how the bride at most weddings can take the whole day with ease and yet their hero of the day flags quickly during the event (Doesn’t say much for us men does it). To be fair the groom will always struggle with aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews, the list goes on. Whereas the bride will shine throughout the day and be the sensible one once it comes to the end of the reception party.
So what’s this all got to do with those infamous baggy trousers? Well if you’ve never really noticed, or been to intoxicated to remember, somehow the grooms shirt always ends up hanging out at the rear. Look at your own wedding photos and you will definitely see several male members of the wedding party with their pants ready to drop and the shirt hanging out. I believe the only reason they don’t fall (Hey don’t be naughty) is constantly being at the bar getting drinks for people and naturally having a little tug at the waistband. Totally forgetting about what’s happening at the back where your shirt is now free flying. So the groom ends up walking around with that baggy trouser look, perhaps occasionally being tidied up by his new bride.
By the end of the night though, there it is, too late to be corrected and you’re taking that last dance for all to see. The photographer can hardly come across and tuck the shirt in for you, could start a marital breakup particularly if they are female and in this instance it was.

The end of baggy trousers and that shirt.

I was asked if I could at least tuck the shirt in to make the groom more presentable, tidying up the baggy trousers would be a bonus if it could be done. The obvious method with the photo below would be to clone in something from Google images but finding something I could work with proved very difficult. I needed the right angle, hopefully with shades and textures plus the style had to be reasonably similar. Problem was neither myself or the photographer could come up with anything usable as another issue would be the need for high resolution.
I decided on using the clone stamp, patch tool and a lot of ingenuity. After a lot of hard work I finally got the photographers approval, payment and a very big thank you.

Shirt out, baggy trousers.                                Shirt in, trousers smartened.

Baggy trousers and shirt hanging outBaggy trousers smartened and shirt tucked in.



Cellulite problem

I recently received a request from a professional wedding photographer regarding a cellulite problem. I’ve worked with this company on several occasions so I asked them to send the photos via WeTransfer to which I duly received them. Personally I did not see the cellulite problem as a spoiler for the photograph, but a natural look for me is not what ladies want to see these days.

Fantastic photo, great bit of fun and well balanced so I was very pleased to accept the challenge.

The work done in Brief:

I couldn’t remove the cellulite problem with the easy method as it made everything a little too soft. Masking didn’t work too well either so I chose the long road and made quite a lot of patching from as many good areas that I could find. I started to get a little carried away until I remembered it was to be kept natural looking and not like the retouched photos you see in magazines. So a nice balance was found keeping a few blemishes and bumps here and there. It’s worked out really pleasing and the photographer pleasantly astonished at my work.
Cellulite problem removed, now I can enjoy the view 🙂


cellulite problem in wedding photo


cellulite problem removed but kept natural looking


Mods in the 1960’s

Mods in the 1960’s

The photo below taken in the 1960’s brought back some very strong memories for me. I guess they were the best days of my life which I think covered around 5-6 years. Hard to say when it really started and finished as lots of music groups latched on to the craze wrongfully calling themselves Mods, like The Who for instance. Ok they may have made some reasonable records in their time but they were never part of the Mod scene as far as me and plenty of others thought.
The Who made some music for Quadraphinia, a supposed movie about Mods (Another pile of poop). These sort of hangers-on will never be Mods in my eye nor will a movie like that convince me otherwise.
The whole idea of Mods in the 1960’s was about being really cool, really smart (Even under your Parker) and most of all, totally opposite to a Rocker of that era. So who got Mods up and dancing you may ask. Groups like the Small faces kept me going in the all night clubs of Manchester and Oldham if I have to admit to that. Twisted Wheel, Jungfrau, CIS and the Top Twenty were some of the clubs I frequented back in the 60’s. Everyone looking smart but cool, the type of guys the girls loved to date with, so what did the Rockers have. Erm cafes, greasy hair and Ok, maybe faster bikes (You have to give em’ that).

So to the picture” Mods in the 1960’s”. I don’t want to give my customers name away but he now works as a high ranking councillor in my local area. I was the first to suggest a restoration as I loved the photo which so, so reminded me of my days. I was sent four to repair, this being the first one I’ve completed as this is my favourite. Apparently it has been nicked and used by the Humble Pie’s for a disc cover and several other uses over Europe. Oddly I noticed that they used it without restoration, they just cropped the photo for their own purposes.
The restoration involved crease removal, colour cast removal, a new skyline added and a nice little touch by way of lifting the front carrier spotlight. An in joke with my mates as the spots always dropped during a long run due to poor assembly and vibration.

Original Photo

Bernie & Mick


Restored photo


A Bernie & Mick v2