There is something different about her work. It’s the way she gives the images a different view, the colour, the vision in every piece is something worth sharing to the world. We spent some time speaking to Adelina Tibesigwaa photography and image retouching expert based in Dar es salaam, Tanzania! She gave us an awesome interview about how she started, her influences and what applications she uses. We also have a series of some of her most amazing works ever shared online.

12592400_551150798384948_8727218133234701443_n Adelina Tibesigwa is a digital photo retoucher
working at OGS Studios in Tanzania

Zen Magazine: How did you get started as a photography retoucher?
AdelinaIt was in August 2013 when I decided to start learning retouching techniques from the internet. I didn’t know anything about the art of retouching before that so I had to start from scratch and after 2 years I got an opportunity to join a team of photographers at OGS Studios as their head retoucher. I am still at the company and loving every day with them.

Zen Magazine: What’s the first thing every retoucher does before working on the image?
AdelinaThe first thing to know is what kind of images you are working on and how much it needs to be retouched. Next is to find out what is the turn around/deadline of the particular project. That helps to know if you can handle a project or not.

Zen Magazine: If you had to pick your favourite job done so far, which would it be?
AdelinaThat would be a Woman bald and The other side of unrest. Those two projects got published! and Ai thrills as well.

Zen Magazine: What kind of applications/software do you use for your work?
AdelinaI’m using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Though I am still learning about capture one and I hope to be good at it soon.

Zen Magazine: How much time do you spend on each project?
AdelinaThat depends with what type of project but most of the time it takes me four to five days to finish projects or even two weeks.  It’s all about what I am working on.

Zen Magazine: What’s the first thing every retoucher needs to learn?
AdelinaThe first thing that retouchers need to learn is the art of photography. Even if we do not hold the camera, we are still one of the important elements in the photography industry. They must also know that they get to help in the final result of any image or project your working with.

Zen Magazine: How well do you take criticism?
Adelina: I can not say well or bad, but criticism is what made me who I am today. Through criticism I realise how much I love retouching and how much I am willing to learn about it so whenever I got criticised instead of feeling hurt or angry or sad I always tell myself at least someone got to see my work and have an opinion about it so next time I will make it right.

Below are some of her most recent jobs

Adelina+Tibesigwa+Africas+Hottest+Digital+photo+retoucher+Zen+Magazine+Africa (2)Studio: OGS studios | Photography: Osse Greca Sinare | Hair & make up: American nails tz
Concept and style: Vanessa Mdee | Retouching: Adelina Tibesigwa

Adelina+Tibesigwa+Africas+Hottest+Digital+photo+retoucher+Zen+Magazine+Africa (3)Photography: Jeffrey Rikhotso | Model: Iman Kwanazi | MUA: Khumo “Doneupkhumo” Moeketsi
Agency: ICE managment, Johannesburg | Retouching: Adelina Tibesigwa | Stylist: Iman Mkwanazi Assitant Stylist: Lufuno “Ms Brown” Sathekge Production Assistant: Thabo “ThaboMadeDifferent”

Adelina+Tibesigwa+Africas+Hottest+Digital+photo+retoucher+Zen+Magazine+Africa (4)Photographer: Jeffrey Rikhotso | Retouching: Adelina Tibesigwa | MUA: Prime obsession
Model: Shelley mokoena | Production: Prime obsession and jeffrey Rikhotso

Adelina+Tibesigwa+Africas+Hottest+Digital+photo+retoucher+Zen+Magazine+Africa (5)Photographer: Jeffrey Rikhotso | MUA: Hazy Mapipa Andrews | Model: Itumeleng “Solar” Modise
Retoucher: Adelina Tibesigwa | Production Assitant: Mesia Gumede |
Location: Dope Store Johannesburg | Client: AfroStyle Magazine (Los Angeles)

Adelina+Tibesigwa+Africas+Hottest+Digital+photo+retoucher+Zen+Magazine+Africa (6)Photography: Jeffrey Rikhotso | Model: Iman Kwanazi | MUA: Khumo “Doneupkhumo” Moeketsi
Agency: ICE managment Johannesburg | Retouching: Adelina Tibesigwa | Stylist: Iman Mkwanazi
Assitant Stylist: Lufuno “Ms Brown” Sathekge | Production Assistant: Thabo “ThaboMadeDifferent

Adelina+Tibesigwa+Africas+Hottest+Digital+photo+retoucher+Zen+Magazine+Africa (7)Studios: OGS Studios | Photography: Clemence Eliah
Model: Maasai Girl | MUA: Nanji, Retouching by Adelina Tibesigwa

Adelina+Tibesigwa+Africas+Hottest+Digital+photo+retoucher+Zen+Magazine+AfricaStudio: OGS Studios | Photography: Clemence Elliah | Model: Lilian Loth | 
MUA: Edna Ndibalema | Retouching: Adelina Tibesigwa

Zen Magazine: What message are you trying to tell with your retouching work?
Adelina: The major message I am trying to share through my work is that everything is beautiful.

Zen Magazine: Could you tell us the retouchers that influenced you?
Adelina: I have always been influenced by Julia Kuzmenko and Pratik Naik of Solstice Retouch.

Zen Magazine: Tell us about some of people you have worked with in the industry
AdelinaI have worked with Osse Grecca Sinare, Clemence Eliah from Tanzania; (that’s my team), also Jeffrey Rikhotso from South Africa and Oliver Doran from Dubai. These guys are the best and are always believing in me to get the best results which is like the most awesome thing to me.

Zen Magazine: What do you think makes your work stand out from other retouchers?
Adelina: I think what makes my work stand out more than others is the fact that I want every image to pop and my workflow.

Zen Magazine: How do you educate yourself to do better retouch works for your clients?
AdelinaBy listening to their vision and what they want.

Zen Magazine: Which celebrities would you love to work with?
Adelina: I don’t really have a specific celebrity in mind though I wouldn’t mind working more with the international celebrities! But above it all, working with fashion magazines and having a long term relationships with selected clients is my main goal.

Zen Magazine: Any inspiring words for young professionals ready to become retouch experts in the future?
AdelinaMy inspiring words would be…Do not give up, keep learning and don’t stop to share your work with the world because you never know what will happen and that is what will keep you grow”.

Zen Magazine: What’s the one thing you want people to remember your work for?
Adelina: I would love people to remember my work for the passion and love that I have for every project and every image. That’s what I want people to remember my work for.

adelinatibesigwatanzanianphotographyimageretoucherzenmagazineafricaA beautiful portrait of Adelina. Photography & retouching by @ossegrecasinare

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