The hair is really the focus of this shot. It shows the capability of the White Lightning flash to freeze motion as well. You can get the model to fling their hair around and then pick out the one’s that look natural and kind of cool.
I bought a pen tablet today. It’s basically a tablet where you use a pen to paint the retouching in. The pen is pressure sensitive and it is defiantly the way to go. After a bit of eye hand coordination practice of course.
I think the retouching looks a bit more natural. I toned it down a bit after getting the tip to leave a few “crumbs ” behind. It’s basically a commercial food photographers trick to leave imperfections like crumbs in a image. In the retouching that adds interest and reality to the picture. It’s always the case that you go too far with new stuff because you are so excited with the effects you are getting. You see a lot of that in HDR photos on flickr.