I worked with a hair stylist who was entering a hair competition. He needed an 8×10″ print to send in for the competition. He wanted to recreate the cover of a music album, I won’t mention the artist because she is a bit crazy and sometimes sue happy.
We photographed in studio and I added the laser in post production. I created several different laser effects and the hair stylist picked his favorite. I also changed the color of the finger nails, did the standard skin retouching, and basic editing. The one thing I didn’t touch was the hair. It would have been a violation of the styling competition to touch the hair in Photoshop.
I’ll confess this, it is a learning experience to take someone’s photograph and try and recreate it in camera and then in Photoshop. I am pretty happy with the results.