Upcoming Workshop

I’ll be teaching a course at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops this summer, July 15th – July 20th, with David Robin. The course is “Lighting and Retouching for Portrait and Beauty”.  Information can be found here.

More details will be posted in March, so keep an eye out!

The Santa Fe Workshops is a year-round educational center in New Mexico focused on all things photography.  If you’re interested in growing your photography skills, fine or professional, they’re definitely worth a look.

“Lighting and Retouching for Portrait and Beauty” with David Robin, Carrie Beene. July 15 – July 20

Upcoming Speaking/Teaching Engagements

The big PhotoPlus Conference is coming up! If you don’t know about PDN’s PhotoPlus Expo, it’s one of the biggest and best phototography expos and conferences around and held annually here in NYC. If you’re a photographer or in the industry, it’s a must-see.

I have two Hands-On Masterclass Seminars at PhotoPlus this year – one for Product retouching and one for Beauty retouching.  Head on over to the PhotoPlus Seminar Schedule, register, and join up.  I’d love to see you there.

Descriptions from the PhotoPlus websites below…

Thu, Oct 27, 2011 – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Professional Beauty Retouching

Seminar Description:
Using a dramatic cosmetic beauty shot as a starting point, retouching professional Carrie Beene will demonstrate how to enhance a variety of beauty situations called for in real world professional retouching during this two-hour hands-on session. Emphasis will be placed on high end retouching at a professional level. The major areas discussed will be skin, hair, lips and eyes, with an emphasis on Beene’s coveted technique for perfect textured skin and how to get it. Areas that will be addressed include: eyes: how to clean, add pop, create eyelashes for a variety of situations and remove or add makeup. Lips: cleaning extra lines, adding shine and creating gloss, matching lipstick colors and reshaping. Masking and color correction: How to create simple masks and use them for color correcting skin and hair. From understanding how blending modes work and why professionals use them in every retouch to exploring techniques to make skin look exquisite while retaining texture, Beene will cover everything under the sun. Additional areas of discussion include: how to add natural texture to flat or “soft” areas of hair, clothing or skin; procedures for creating specialized brushes to mimic eyelashes and strands of natural looking hair; using “On the Fly” quick mask mode to change and correct makeup and lip colors and methods for using liquify to enhance the shape of a models hair and face. All of the above will be done with attention to a high resolution output with seamless retouching. Handouts will be provided.

Sat, Oct 29, 2011 – 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Professional Product Retouching

Seminar Description:
In this two-hour, hands-on seminar, master retoucher Carrie Beene will demonstrate how to put products into a new background and retouch them for maximum pop and sharpness. Product retouching needs the proper structure for efficiency and ease of workflow. Building our file step-by-step, Beene will illustrate the importance of keeping the layer structure in correct form for easy changes. We will isolate product elements into groups so they can be moved along with their color corrections into different positions within the image with minimum effort. Product retouching is all about the color and mimicking an actual product. To address this, we will discuss how to change plastic to metal and silver- metal to gun-metal or black, high-shine metal. Beene will show you how to color correct powdered cosmetic products and give them texture, while also talking about adding shape and 3D quality to make the product jump off the page. Logo treatment is very important to product retouching. With this in mind, Beene will show you how to remove the logo from an image, add in the Illustrator file logo as a Smart Object and warp it into place for the highest possible sharpness. Finally, to address a common practice within today’s advertising community, Beene will demonstrate how to deliver a simplified PSD file to the client.

Teaching Summer Classes at SVA, 2011

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School of Visual Arts website

If you’re interested in learning even more about beauty photographic retouching – techniques or the business – check out my classes this summer at the School of Visual Arts here in New York City.

There are 3 classes to choose from.  In the first 2 of the 3, The Business of Beauty Retouching , I cover retouching techniques for high-end beauty retouching including maintaining skin texture, enhancing make-up and improving body contours to make the beautiful look perfect.  Also, the course will address working with clients, negotiating “redos” and submitting the final files. These 2 classes 2 days of 7 hours each and run June 4th – 5th, and July 9th -10th.

The 3rd class, Advanced Beauty Retouching Techniques, reviews the process of taking an image and multiple retouching decisions and ending with a single image ready for publication utilizing basic retouching skills as well as new techniques.  Students will compose multiple image files, perform beauty retouches, create a convincing silhouette, add various effects and properly match product colors. The end result will be a client-ready deliverable file.  This class runs July 23rd – July 24th.

Get more info on each of these classes, or get registered, here.

Hope to see you there!

RetouchPro, “The Spread” – live on Saturday, January 15th

Got a live webcast at RetouchPro today. Hope you join! Get more info here.

I am going to build a beauty spread, like the ones you see in at the cosmetics counter. A spread usually consists of a Beauty shot, Products and a Lifestyle shot (full body). Being conscientious while compiling a complicated composition such as a spread is very important; that means proper layer order!

We will also talk about using the proper tool for the job, yes, we’re taking about the Brushes Panel. and we will talk about why that’s important when you are retouching skin.

This retouch is “the ground rules” for success.

This webcast is today, Saturday, January 15, at 4pm CDT.

Click the following link for details and ticket sales:

“Encrusted” – beauty retouch rebroadcast at RetouchPro

RetouchPro is rebroadcasting one of my live videos this Wednesday, December 15th, featuring a photo by my friend Rick Day.  Check it out! You can also see the final product in the Beauty gallery here on my site.

Details from RetouchPro’s newsletter:

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photo by Rick Day, retouching by Yours Truly

Encrust: to decorate or cover lavishly (as with gems)

On our next RetouchPRO LIVE rebroadcast, professional retoucher Carrie Beene will not be adding gems, they were already there. But she will be retouching the model they’re glued to.

Carrie has retouched for M.A.C., Revlon, Maybelline, Elizabeth Arden, L’oreal, Chantecaille, DEVA, Shape Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle, Glamour, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

And now she is retouching for you.

Watch in real time as she performs this beauty retouch from start-to-finish.

Wednesday, December 15, 6am or 2pm CST (see link below for other time zones)

Click the following link for details and ticket sales:

If you watch it, let me know what you think!

RetouchPro, “Frankenmodel” – live on Saturday, May 8th

I’m doing a new webcast on Saturday, May 8th.  Check it out! Here’s the synopsis…

It’s rare that a fashion pose comes out perfect. Frequently, a professional retoucher will be called on to stitch together a final image using heads, arms, legs, and other bits and pieces from different images (sometimes from different models).

Watch professional retoucher Carrie Beene as she performs this fashion composite from start-to-finish. Click the link below to see the before/after. She’ll answer audience questions about her technique as she works, and more general questions at the end of the show.

Saturday, May 8, 4pm CDT (see link below for other time zones)

Click the following link for details and ticket sales: