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Old 03-14-2011, 01:22 PM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

Ha ha. This is fun. We are to believe this brand-new (joined to forum specifically to lob ad hominem attacks) anonymous poster who says he is a Vogue published photographer and flies to St. Barts....and how do we know this? Because this same self-congratulating anonymous "non-broke photographer" person says so. Oh right. QED. You got me.

Again, motive. motive. motive. My name is Michael Nebeker. I'm a health care professional in Utah. I'm not anonymous, what's your name Trendkiller so we can verify your claimed credentials? Who knows, maybe your story isn't all made up just for the purpose of character/reputation attacks. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:03 AM
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I agree,

it was the biggest piece of waste of my time ever. Repetitive of the same technique over and over. The whole series was based on the clone stamp. Which is by no means a technique made by Nick. So I don't know what he is smoking if he thinks is a new and revolutionary technique made by him. Changing the name to slick force those not make it a new technique. Basically clone stamping on a low opacity is basically blurring so it is not a high end technique at all.
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Exactly same here
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:48 PM
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Exactly same here
Same here, I've never seen such a waste in my entire life!
This is not mastering retouching, this is not even a technique, it's just a tool used in a wrong way, and I don't even know one good retoucher who would use it this way.
But I have to admit. the advertisement of the dvds are phenomenal!
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:18 AM
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Not for everyone. I'm thinking of leaving this forums entirely because of my name being in this disgusting thread.

I still believe in honesty.
I appreciate Natalia and as I mentioned previously when UPS delivered you DVD to my house at around 7pm, guess what time I finally went to bed? The next morning at 9am.

It was tough to critique Natalia's DVD because it seemed like she did everything right! There was no huge PR machine behind the release and I almost didn't make the purchase because of the guy who did the series before her out of the same production house.

Natalia if you do decide to leave RP will you drop me a message letting me know where you're going so I can go too?

Thanks
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:29 AM
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This is my review of this set. I have purchased other retouching tutorials as well as downloaded tons of tips and techniques from the internet. I have both tutorials from HighEnd Retouching, the first one sucked; the second one was very good!!!

If you're looking for an ass kissing glorified praise of this tutorial, this is not it. If you're looking for knock down drag out insult of this tutorial this is not it either.

Let's start with the bad:

1) Too pricey for what you get but if you ask any magician they will tell you that you don't pay for the trick, you pay for the secret. I guess a big reason why you pay so much is because of the packaging. The box DVD set almost too much and is a waste. You can copy the tutorials to your harddrive and run them from there and the boxes go away forever or at least until you need to reinstall the tutorials for whatever reason.

2) The demo window is too small. You're watching Nick retouch in a window that is about 5inches wide by 3inches tall. It's tough to see his retouching in detail.

3) A full retouch??? I doubt it! I never found it on the DVD. You WILL get hand held through most of the steps he uses to complete a retouch but I never found a "start to finish" image on the DVD's, at least not with the quality of what you've seen in magazines or even on the DVD shells. There is no way in hell you use the slickforce technique on only "parts" of the body. In the images I've seen in some of the magazines, especially SHOW, every part of the body has had something done, how do I know? I've shot some of the same girls or know them. The SHOW magazine would even get lazy OR short on content and publish a picture of a girl that wasn't retouched (for reasons beyond my knowledge) on the page right next to a flawless retouch so you could see what was done; not on purpose but by accident I guess. I have no idea what dude was thinking when he proof'd the mag before print. Again; in my opinion, there is no way you use the slickforce technique on only parts of the body and not others and I don't recall watching any of the tutorials that showed a full, top to bottom retouch. If I missed it, let me know.

4)His voice is no different than any of the others. I think people have a problem learning from others who have European accents. It's monotone and the same information is repeated over and over, he even once said, I'm beginning to sound like a broken record. I'm personally okay with that, I learn differently than most and as I'm watching, I'm taking notes so that later I can refer to "my" notes and then to the tutorial if It's not clear to me.

Now the good:

1)You've paid for the secret. It's pretty easy and the tool palette is reduced to a few common tools that any intermediate retoucher should already be familiar with. Nothing he did was new but, how he put it together is what makes it unique.

2) The actual on-screen tutorial layout is great, except for the retouch viewing window. It's very different than what I've seen in the other tutorials that I've purchased and while pleasing, there was useless information that I wish wasn't there, so the retouch window could be larger.

3) With practice you'll be able to get the technique and probably in no-time flat.

Overall Opinion:

Although we got the technique and covered a lot of basis. I still feel like some things were held out. The slickforce technique fixes troubled areas and keeps "shape" but not really texture, the question is; if you're only using the technique on "parts" of the body and not all, how do you explain the loss of detail in the areas of use. When you add "--------" back to the areas of use, those areas still don't match the areas of skin that the technique wasn't used on which leads me to believe that there is something being done to "all" areas of the skin.

The retouch window size should have been much bigger especially with displays having much higher resolution than in the past.

Nick mentions that he can do a retouch from start to finish in about 5 minutes. If that were the case; I think as a grand finale, he should have stopped talking and completed a start to finish retouch in 5 minutes. A retouch that he could send to a publisher for printing; that was never done in this tutorial. I've sat for over an hour watching D&B done, 5 minutes would have been a "cake hole" cake walk.

In my opinion, you're not getting the full picture. He often mentions that this technique won't stand up to scrutiny of a beauty retouch in terms of being used viewed at 100%, if that's the case, how do you explain the poster size prints at his booth?

( http://nicksaglimbeni.com/wp-content...booth-napp.jpg )

I doubt that you can use the slickforce technique on areas of the skin that has tattoos yet; images of THE GAME and others with Tat's match the quality and technique used on the models??

I wish I were still grounded in the glamour market because I would have requested to beta test this and would have raised this issue prior to release, maybe he would have listened to some of my concerns and addressed them, maybe not but; I assume many people will have the same concerns while others may not.

As with anything practice makes perfect.
Some facts were corrected; like the window size reference but everything else I still feel the same about. I'd like to add that whatever was going on with the retouching at SHOW 6 or 7 years ago, is not the same thing that's going on today. The quality of the retouching in the magazines from then until now is totally different, I happened to get my hands on an old SHOW magazine a couple weeks ago and the girls looked flawless! Not so much anymore..
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Old 04-17-2011, 01:40 AM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

Wow, Trendkiller, tell me how you really feel. Holy crap, I should hire you as my anti-publicist. (And that's the first time I've seen the phrase "semi-porn ghetto slut mags" used in a sentence. Well-played, ol' chap.)

Hey for those of you interested in vigorous debates on the subject of retouching, I appeared on Scott Kelby's The Grid recently to discuss techniques, ethics, and making money in the retouching business as it pertains to photographers. Here's the link.

Please forgive my Crypt-Keeper-like appearance, it was a 6am live recording on the West Coast and my eyes don't wake up until noon. Now if I only I could find a way to retouch myself in live video. Hmm....
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:30 PM
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98%!

Quite a funny thread this. Saglimbeni from the link he just provided "when you get into these 8 to 20 hour retouches I think you can start to lose perspective. If you can get yourself 98% of the way there, then why not do that and bill for another job". If you honestly think that thats 98% of the way there Nick, then it just goes to show that the perception of these things is very subjective. Try 40%.

And from Kelby "if I was doing the cover of Vogue I would get Natalie." I think he means Natalia, but not quite sure if thats a compliment to her or not.
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:17 PM
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Re: 98%!

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Quite a funny thread this. Saglimbeni from the link he just provided "when you get into these 8 to 20 hour retouches I think you can start to lose perspective. If you can get yourself 98% of the way there, then why not do that and bill for another job". If you honestly think that thats 98% of the way there Nick, then it just goes to show that the perception of these things is very subjective. Try 40%.
Well, then I guess here's what 40% will get you.

http://nicksaglimbeni.com/?p=944
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:51 PM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

My only complain with the Nick's DVD is that 8 DVD's could be just in 4, which is quite a waste of money and a non ethical use of marketing (too much rings and whistles for something which isn't worth of that and I think Nick should think more about balancing the packaging with the content inside the packaging next time). Of course, the Slick thing is not wow, but for intermediate retouchers would work fine and it would be quite impressive.

PS: Trend Killer post #344 really nailed it. A bit deeper than needed but nailed just right in the place with the proper words (like phrasology, lol!)

Btw, not 8 DVD's, I lost my counting... 7 DVD's that fits on 2. That's not ethic.

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Old 06-03-2011, 09:55 PM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

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"Right off the bat, Nick states, 'This series is called Mastering Retouching. Not Photoshop for software engineers.' Now, the series is a bit pricey, but it's on par with other high-end beauty retouching series that I've looked at. If you're really into high-end fashion and beauty retouching then I definitely recommend Mastering Retouching as the series you go with."
A quick stab.

It's impossible to mix oil with water. As for the high-end beauty retoucher I am, I cannot consider as 'high-end' something that can be explained through plain English. It does make look the DVD's as some kind of auto-help book that pretends to be philosophy and in this case, high-end.

Also, the text in bolds is plagued of logical fallacies such:

1. "but it's on par with other high-end beauty retouching series that I've looked at". And we don't know what he looked at, so for him is what he subjectively states.

2. "If you're really into high-end fashion and beauty retouching then I definitely recommend..." Chicken with potatoes. Quite a non sequitur fallacy...

Just more non ethical marketing stuff...

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