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What skill level needed?

View Poll Results: What's closest to learning R&R?
Rocket Science 7 6.73%
Brain Surgery 6 5.77%
Barber/Hairstyling 9 8.65%
Cooking 24 23.08%
Sleeping 4 3.85%
Gardening 9 8.65%
Computer Programming 17 16.35%
Police Training 2 1.92%
Cosmetology 7 6.73%
Learning Japanese 6 5.77%
Sewing 12 11.54%
Stamp/Coin Collecting 1 0.96%
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Old 08-30-2001, 03:36 AM
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Amazing. Just yesterday I was having a discussion about this very topic.

I compared it to "woodworking". It takes a lot of patience, attention to detail, practice, and the proper tools. And if you can throw in some artistic talent, even better!
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Old 10-06-2004, 08:32 PM
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I've never really thought about it, but I think the learning curve with R&R is similar to a foreign language. When you start out you are pleased as punch when you can utter a few phrases. Before long you think you're doing great because you can carry on a simple conversation. But then you realize it will be a very long time before you are anywhere approaching fluent! So you keep practicing and try to learn from the masters...sound familiar?
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Old 10-07-2004, 09:31 PM
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I'd have to agree with Vikki about wood working. First you learn some basic skills with basic tools, and your work is pretty basic. Then you gain experience, read some books, learn from others, and then you are able to use more tools, and with a lot of practice you are producing much nicer work.
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Old 10-08-2004, 05:37 PM
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Being tone deaf and learning to play the bagpipes.

Seriously though, I heartily agree with Vikki, she put it perfectly.
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Old 10-09-2004, 09:05 PM
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I like playing with images almost as much as cooking and I think R+R vs. Cooking a great match. Both require a certian amount of knowlege but both are forgiving and not at times.

In cooking there are who knows how many different ways to get to the more or less same place. Same with R+R.

If you pick the wrong choice it leaves a bad taste in your mouth in both.

But, If you make the wrong choice in R+R, you don't have to go out to eat.
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Old 10-09-2004, 09:26 PM
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Nobody has yet mentioned stamp/coin collecting!

Seriously, I also say its akin to cooking. Cooking is something that anyone can be taught the basics of just like R&R. But it takes more than just technical knowlege to make a great meal or a great R&R-I feel it also takes someone with patience, instinct, and intuition and most importantly the guts to experiment!

R&R is much like making chili-sometimes you make a pot of WOW! and sometimes you just wish you had never opened that first can of beans.......
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Old 10-17-2004, 02:37 AM
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I think that all those ithems are very close to matching the skill needed for R&R
1. cooking - to make nice retouching good taste is needed
2. hairstyling - sometimes you have cut
3. sewing - sometimes you have to paste
4. cosmetology - when you retouch acne in face in the portrait
5. gardening- for nice colors composition
6. police training - to catch right software, interrogate, to keep it after or let it go if not important
7. computer programing - you have to know heart of your computer to make it beats right for you
8. sleeping - after 10 hours of R&R you are sleeping even if eyes are open
9. brain surgery - this is precision you need for work you do and for way you eat japanese food upon a keyboard
10. learning Japanese it's exactly what you do after , you're looking at empty sushi box and while you are waiting for a sign from heaven you read jookimiiiizuuurrriiiii kimmmoooooniii
11. rocket science come after you read nice work contract
12. and at the end comes coin colecting
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Old 10-20-2004, 10:40 PM
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I chose sewing because of the attention to detail necessary in construction of a finished product. Thanks for helping me make that correlation. I've been struggling with layers to the point of abandoning them all together. If I approach them with the same mindset as I do sewing or other needlework, I may be able to make more sense of them.
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Old 10-21-2004, 08:23 PM
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Cooking works for me

For me, I would say cooking does it... just about exactly. Take just one item (a steak or a photo). Now, how many ways can we fix a steak to eat? 1? 2? 20? a thousand? How many ways can we fix a photo? 1? 2? a thousand? Ahhh yes.
What does the steak need? Some of this spice, some of that, this temperature, that sauce etc.
What does the photo need that needs restored, retouched? A little cloning, a little healing, a little cropping maybe, some lighting, some smoothing.

Turns out about the same, whip up a nice steak (or whatever you are cooking) and WOW, does that look/taste great!

Do a nice job on a photo and WOW, is everyone happy now!

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Old 01-17-2006, 11:53 AM
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Wow these posts are so old but someone must have just voted in it. What the heck I will too. I would say cooking definately... So many different foods (photo damage), so many ways to cook them (different methods), and while you may think the dish is great (final product), the person eating it may have a completely different taste (client preference in retouching style, smoothness, darkness, etc.)
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