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Old 06-11-2005, 07:59 AM
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Bundles available on...

...eBay, and very inexpensive. If you get the older tintypes or whatever, you won't have a worry in the world about model releases. Just a thought. Flea markets work too sometimes.
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Old 09-16-2005, 05:52 PM
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Some of the photos on could be useful.
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Old 09-19-2005, 05:11 AM
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id look through they have a ton of stock photos that are free of people...
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Old 06-01-2006, 09:59 PM
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I can give you all you want....Just look at my posts.
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:23 PM
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Make you're own bad photos

Basically perform simulations of stupid photo tricks. Eg:

-Go to the drug store and get a disposable film camera and take some nice noisy, poorly colored, photos. A polaroid would be ideal if you can find one.
-Spill some spaghetti sauce on an otherwise good photo and fix the stain.
-Dip a photo in water and fix the bleeding.
-Put a photo in the sun for a few days and fix the fading
-Fold a photo in several places and fix the creases.
-Shoot a person with the sun at their back--intentionally underexpose them and recover the shadow details.
-Overexpose a face and recover the blown highlights.
-Take a picture of someone with an out-of-style hat so you can remove it in PP.
-Take an ordinary photo of a sunset or clouds and give it some punch.
-Take a color photo and partially desaturate it.
-Use the flash improperly and cause reflections in someone's glasses and remove the reflections.
-Take a "vacation" shot posing next to some monument, and have somebody else stand behind and make a funny face--you then remove this mischevious tourist.

Do all of these with the highest ISO setting on your camera so they're nice and noisy.

...I also once saw a photo of some poor chap in this forum who's face was sort of elephant-like. Maybe you can ask him permission to fix his face?

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Old 06-09-2006, 03:45 AM
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what you can also try is celebrity gossip websites, many of them routinely post high res red carpet, or sighting, event etc etc etc pics that have no retouching.
they regularly have photos you can use for retouch practice,

you can kind of click around and find other sites they link to, I've found a lot of photos that way.
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Old 06-09-2006, 09:52 AM
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Patrick, has a section titled Neglected Photos. There you will find a wide spectrum of poor photography, some of which is compositional and subject interest, but there is a lot of images which just need correction and retouching. Often by supplying a critique to the photographer, you can obtain permission to use their images.

Regards, Murray
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Old 07-01-2006, 07:39 AM
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Newbie photo free

hi i,m new to this site but i,v been doing this for awhile , and i found a couple of sites that are online and copywrite free , the us libary of congress is a great site to start , a full range of pictures from tintypes to panoramas , and more ,they even have ansell adams pictures of japanese inturnment camps , ( yes i did retouch some of the great mans work lol ) try the american memory section too, most of these are by pro picture takers and high res, but for a real challenge try , the search term vietnam vets , this will take you to personal pages of vietnam vets , and a tresure trove of bad pictures , lots of color pictures gone bad due to poor workmanship , cracks rips ,tears , ect ect , and my guess is that it will be a major market in the future (thank you kodak brownie ) the upside of it is that the guys are real greatful when you send them a copy of thier picture back ,
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