One important part about photography is knowing exactly how far to go with retouching. When you see images in public, it’s hard to guess how much is done if you don’t have a trained eye or experience in the matter. With this shroud of mystery, you’re left to assume the worst, that they really did go further than you would have imagined.
An opportunity comes to us by a way of accident from Victoria’s Secret. For their September Catalog, they accidentally released the unretouched photos in a public area of the website for everyone to look at.
This gives us a good opportunity to see how much retouching is done on V.S. photos and how good the photography and pre-retouched work is. They’re pretty good! Take a look for yourself below.
Jezebel talks a little more about how they got released:
These images were posted to a public area of the VS Web site (apparently in error). They come from the forthcoming September catalog, which explains why retouched versions do not yet exist for a side-by-side comparison. They were shot around July 21 in Turks and Caicos. Even without retouched images to compare, the raw shots are still interesting to look at. – Jezebel