Hi all I am really new to photography, but willing to improve quickly and I believe photo.net is the best place for that. I shoot recently some portraits (sample here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29298446@N00/5054831439/in/set-72157624930737201/) trying to respect all the rules and advice I got from this site and from various books: used a long lens, f/11 for a great DOF, get closer, careful lighting, etc. Then, for the first time, I tried to retouch the pics with a book on photoshop by S.Kelby, I followed step by step his advice (selective sharpening, blemish removal, skin softening), but the result, although better than my previous tries, still looks disappointing (overdone) as everyone tells me she doesn't look natural and it's obvious the portrait was retouched. What am I doing wrong? Thanks a lot for your comments!