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Old 04-15-2011, 12:23 PM
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Hi,

it's my first post here, so I just want to say hello and right away ask a question.

I'm looking for some DVD's or any other resources that will help me develop my skill in (really) expert photo manipulation. I've got pretty big experience in photoshop (like 10 years) and still want to squeeze the most out of it

I saw large parts of material served by Karl Taylor's DVD "Photo retouching secrets" recently and unfortunately was a bit disappointed about it. Don't want to be misunderstood, it's really well prepared (despite some minor misunderstandings like his method of selecting objects) and could be helpful to many intermediate but unluckily I didn't learn anything new.

I'm looking for real expert tips to extreme photo manipulation, not only packshot or beauty retouching but even surrealistic manipulation. What I'm looking for should cover some of the topics like advanced lighting effects (light painting), extreme skin retouching, making light sources from the scratch etc.

Are there any resources that you can recommend?
Maybe one of the cd's by Natalia Taffarel will do?


Thanks a lot
Bartek
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Old 04-15-2011, 05:53 PM
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Re: any resources for expert level?

I have just ordered Natalia's DVD, not arrived yet but I have high expectations. Calvin Hollywood DVD I also enjoyed and learnt some good stuff and good value does cover lighting techniques. I also have the composoting DVD from slickforce which I feel is overpriced but quite good is that's your interest. I to looked at Karl Taylors trailer but IMO not in the same league for top end retouching techniques compared to Natalia Taffarel. Gry Garness also has a DVD and ebooks, her CS5 ebook is very detailed.
I have also covered some stuff on Lynda.com for advanced blending which was pretty good as well.
Hope that helps
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:38 AM
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Re: any resources for expert level?

Deckitout, thanks for all the resources! I will check them out asap. Found few trailers on youtube with Gry Garness and it looks much better than Taylor's for me, and of course I totally forgot about Lynda.com. Thanks one more time.

Any other resources anyone?
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Old 04-16-2011, 05:45 AM
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Re: any resources for expert level?

Hi Bartek
I suggest you check out some of the following as a starting point - there should be something of interest.
Kelby Training http://www.kelbytraining.com/
Deke McClelland http://www.deke.com/dekevideo

And of course the many interesting threads and tutorials on this site!
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:03 AM
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Re: any resources for expert level?

If you want to learn manipulation, start with Steve Caplin's books and videos on this site. One hell of a manipulator with PS...he knows PS...if you know what Steve knows ...you can then write your own book.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:36 AM
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thanks one more time. Appreciate your help!
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Re: any resources for expert level?

You can find videotrainings of steve caplin here
http://www.video2brain.com
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:53 AM
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Re: any resources for expert level?

I wouldn't waste your time and money with dvd's, go to a retouching studio and pester them until they give you work experience. It's the only real way you'll learn the industry.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:35 PM
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I wouldn't waste your time and money with dvd's, go to a retouching studio and pester them until they give you work experience. It's the only real way you'll learn the industry.
yes. what he said. get a job and learn what you can't find in tutorials, books, dvd and videos. cut masks for a year.
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:59 PM
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I wouldn't waste your time and money with dvd's, go to a retouching studio and pester them until they give you work experience. It's the only real way you'll learn the industry.
Completely agree...be extremely selective if you decide to purchase a DVD series..do your research. Few are worth the money.
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