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Retouching for photographers (Challenge #5) – Critique and Review

This is a critique and review for submission to Photigy Studio basics photography challenge. Usually this is a private, members-only event, but this time we decided to open it for everyone. Our Instructor, (one of the best commercial photographers in Russia) Ilya Plotnikov, did such a great job showing how fast and easy images can be improved in Photoshop, that we have made this review public. Enjoy!

Each photo below was reviewed and improvements were suggested, based on how it was photographed and  what the photographer had at his/her disposal for the shot.

Check out lighting setups and behind the scenes descriptions for each image on the Studio Basics forum topic here:

CHALLENGE  #5 (Note: you must be logged in to your Studio Basics account to access this forum)

Critique & Review, and winner selection webinar

Host(s): Alex Koloskov and Ilya Plotnikov


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Winners of the Challenge #5 - best 3 images

Congratulations on your amazing accomplishments!

Below are the winners of Studio Basics program photography challenge. Note: Pro Club members¬†may submit their photos for this challenge, but they will not be part of judged competition, since this is a entry-level “Sb” challenge.


First Place – photo by Andeas

Andreas will receive $50 worth discount for any course on Photigy e-store


Second Place – photo by Maja


Third Place Рphoto by Francois Charette

Submissions to the challenge from Studio Basics members

Submissions to the challenge from Pro Club members

Studio Basics Interactive learning program

Join us and participate in next Challenge!

4 responses on "Retouching for photographers (Challenge #5) - Critique and Review"

  1. this is great ! thanks for posting / sharing. I would like to participate in something like this. At this stage I don’t want to do the full course you mentioned at the end (will do in the future), but if you have anything like this again, how can I know before hand ? Where should I be looking to keep an eye out for it ?

  2. Congratulations to the winners.
    Ilya, you have damn good retouching skills. Thanks for the critique.

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