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Old 07-22-2008, 06:02 AM
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Retouching tests for best photographers

Will do free retouching tests for excellent digital photographers and for retouching houses.

- high fashion, beauty, commercial, and celebrity images only; professional stuff from published photographers only plz, even if it is free work
- accept RAW files from minimum 16MP
- rights to put before&after on my website, directly; only "after" is fine when a celebrity

I want to really rebuild my portfolio, remove my own work and replace it with work from industry clients. With a coming maternity leave, I'm moving more from photography towards retouching. I already emailed a couple of photographers I admire, but they are either all on vacation together with their secretaries, or I'm being too impatient

Hope to find great talents for collaboration. If anyone has advice about strategies how to get to the best clients out there, with just test work first, will be appreciated.


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Old 07-22-2008, 07:48 AM
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Re: Retouching tests for best photographers

Nice work! How do you get playboy as client? That would make the long days seem shorter ;-)

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Old 07-22-2008, 08:30 AM
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Nice work! How do you get playboy as client? That would make the long days seem shorter ;-)

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Actually... Nude = a lot of skin = living hell

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Old 07-22-2008, 08:39 AM
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Will do free retouching tests for excellent digital photographers and for retouching houses.

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Do u know www.whoistesting.com ?
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:51 AM
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Re: Retouching tests for best photographers

Natalia, thank you, I didn't know that one. Will check.
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:06 PM
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Re: Retouching tests for best photographers

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Will do free retouching tests for excellent digital photographers and for retouching houses.

- high fashion, beauty, commercial, and celebrity images only; professional stuff from published photographers only plz, even if it is free work
- accept RAW files from minimum 16MP
- rights to put before&after on my website, directly; only "after" is fine when a celebrity

I want to really rebuild my portfolio, remove my own work and replace it with work from industry clients. With a coming maternity leave, I'm moving more from photography towards retouching. I already emailed a couple of photographers I admire, but they are either all on vacation together with their secretaries, or I'm being too impatient

Hope to find great talents for collaboration. If anyone has advice about strategies how to get to the best clients out there, with just test work first, will be appreciated.


Regards,

http://www.iconogenic.com/retouch.htm (email link on page)
You do great work...makes me want to work harder
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Old 07-24-2008, 01:40 AM
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Re: Retouching tests for best photographers

Toan, if you're not joking , thank you so much for your encouraging! I think that you are the best skin-specialist I have ever seen. After I saw your site, I was almost about to give up learning D&G, haha. Now I'm trying to improve my D&B, which will probably never become as extreme as yours, but your large detailed before/after roll-overs are really great learning examples and inspiration for all.
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:34 AM
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Re: Retouching tests for best photographers

Katja,

I am not kidding. I like your skin work. Trust me, I still have A LOT to learn. (What you see on my site are from the last 4 months). I have been doing retouching for some time now but more like stock retouching--so much different than high end beauty retouching. So I decided to kick it up a notch and learn more about high end retouching. Thanks to tons of tutorials on this site, I was able to play around and get a feel for it. Basically I am relearning everything again. I don't think I am quite there yet but thanks for liking my work. Maybe this tells me I am heading in the right direction. Oh, if Gavin O'neill let you retouch his work than he must be impressed with your retouching. He didn't let me test with him. Oh well.

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Old 07-24-2008, 08:57 AM
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Re: Retouching tests for best photographers

I had to smile you talk about stock - this is what I've been doing all these years as well, spending at best 30 min on picture and thinking I'm a master retoucher

This website helped me a lot as well. Many people still don't realize that photoshopping and retouching are two different things, and many threads over here really make you feel that difference. Personally I didn't come across more professional discussions resource yet.

Toan, I don't know when you last contacted Gavin, but I'm sure if you do that again with your current portfolio, you'll click. Because your skin work is on that b/w picture is... in Dutch we call it "niet normaal" ("not normal")

I would be very curious (if not more so) to hear your definition of "quite there"
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:11 AM
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Re: Retouching tests for best photographers

Ha ha. I felt the same way 4 months ago. I gathered some of my best (yeah right) stock retouched and tried to do a high end retouching website. Than I started looking around and saw how inferior my work are. That was when I decided to put high end website on hold and concentrate on learning beauty retouching. I think I have improved a lot but there are so much more I don't know. I also need to do compositing work soon. There are so many tricks (good tricks, not plug-ins and skin blurring) that I haven't discovered yet. That's what I meant "not quite there" yet. I will try to contact Gavin again.

"Not normal" I like that
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