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Old 12-28-2009, 04:22 AM
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I think it's the price tag of the thing rather than the newbiness that generates a certain amount of hostility.
I definitely do get that sense, and I'm comfortable with that assessment. I am always grateful for potential customer feedback, and please do keep in mind that I am releasing proprietary secrets in this series that I have personally created and/or customized over the years to aid me in my magazine career.

Once the series has been out for a year or two, it is certainly possible that the price could come down. I also recognize that the recession has put added pressure on many artists' finances. I am not forcing anyone to buy this series, nor am I misleading them into doing so on their own. Again—I believe the price is fair for what you will learn. I still choose not to undersell my personal techniques. I'm sure my fellow artists will understand this. Just as I can't convince ProFoto or Hasselbad to give me free equipment, I have to pay to create the quality of photography that best suits what I want to acheive in my art and my career. Every artist should do the same, even if that means not buying this. My last "real" job was making color-copies at Kinko's and I believe the tools I am now teaching helped me quit the rat-race and build a successful career. No one has to agree with me, I'm just trying to share what I know with those who are seeking it.

Furthermore, I also find it amusing that so many members are contacting me via PM and e-mail (as opposed to posting publicly) asking about the series, because I think they're afraid to go against the collective grain that has pre-judged my series. While I do share Matt's view that this thread, at the very least, is unusually hostile, I cannot expect to be treated with kid-gloves in a commercial market, especially when there is so much free content available. I have nothing to hide, and I have offered many methods to contact me if you are interested or have questions about the product, including its price tag.

So that I can be clear, while everyone is deconstructing the "smoke and mirrors" that may or may not be in the series, I will again state that the reason I created Mastering Retouching was, first, to educate photographers on how to make anyone look amazing, so as to both protect and grow their commercial business (for example, at Slickforce we charge between $50-200/photo for retouching...even at $25/each, you would make your money back after only 20 shots...so I don't think the product is actually overpriced, I just think many are used a market where everything is free. I believe in paying for things that advance me to another level—you don't have to).

I also want to clarify that while I have used glamour to illustrate my teaching, the methods learned on this series are simply applicable to any style of photography. I think my target audience will see in the tutorials that I don't hate on any style, though many in here have already associated my own photography, which does not contain nudity or sex and actually appears on PG-rated newsstands every month, with porn. That's just tacky—a pro should know better.

Lastly, as I've said before, I created this series to speak to a new, more diverse audience that is often underrepresented in the entertainment and photography industries. You have every right to disagree that this even exists, but those who I am reaching know exactly what I am talking about. This is for you.

On the other hand, if you don't believe in paying for quality tools, if you think images of models in swimsuits to show the retouching of specific skin flaws is actually porn, or if you think everything that one can learn about retouching is already available for free or for less than Mastering Retouching, then I implore you, PLEASE DO NOT BUY MY SERIES. Otherwise, you know how to reach me.

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Old 12-28-2009, 05:38 AM
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While I do share Matt's view that this thread, at the very least, is unusually hostile
Is not unusual.
It's against the rules to use the forums as advertising.
Matt had never used the forums before and he came in, for the first time, in "infomercial mode" some ppl might take that as "not cool"
I understand you came trying to "clear the air" afterward and I see that u needed to step in because ppl where trashing your hard work and that's never fair.

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I also want to clarify that while I have used glamour to illustrate my teaching, the methods learned on this series are simply applicable to any style of photography. I think my target audience will see in the tutorials that I don't hate on any style
I was not trying to insult you or your work. Trully hope it didn't come out that way. English is not my native language and some times I come off s a bitch
Glamour does not equal porn in my eyes, I just dislike it. something personal.

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On the other hand, if you don't believe in paying for quality tools, if you think images of models in swimsuits to show the retouching of specific skin flaws is actually porn, or if you think everything that one can learn about retouching is already available for free or for less than Mastering Retouching, then I implore you, PLEASE DO NOT BUY MY SERIES. Otherwise, you know how to reach me.
We couldn't agree more. I don't see the point in bashing the product. Ask about it... give your opinion in a neutral matter but if you don't like it, just don't buy it.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:54 AM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

The hostility is to the the price I agree not really the "newbieness".
As I have mentioned before, I hate when people present stuff as "top secret" or "stuff nobody will teach you" when in the end it comes down that it isn't true.
I'm a bit acid about this because I have seen it many times specially in stuff like DVDs.
You guys compare yourselves time and time again with quality lenses, and quality camera equipment, and its the same with new equipment coming out. For example canon seems to think that its great to make beta testers out of the first buyers of their equipment. Some people (like me) don't go all giddy anymore when new stuff comes out.

To the comment that Matt made about buying good lenses, I will buy good lenses but I won't go and buy a new version just because it's supposed to be better. Specially if there isn't enough time and reviews to give me a broader view.

"The just pay for the sinners" as the saying in spanish goes. Its not Nick's fault that many people have been burned by retouch dvds but you will be judged by those experiences, as you can read from the many guys being cautious
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:57 AM
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I definitely do get that sense, and I'm comfortable with that assessment. I am always grateful for potential customer feedback, and please do keep in mind that I am releasing proprietary secrets in this series that I have personally created and/or customized over the years to aid me in my magazine career.
Well for a start I am not a potential customer. I just happened to read this thread and simply gave my opinion about what went on in it and why.

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I will again state that the reason I created Mastering Retouching was, first, to educate photographers on how to make anyone look amazing, so as to both protect and grow their commercial business.
Well I am believing you are actually quite dishonest here and you are doing it primarily for earning more money than you currently make doing your magazines covers. At the price it is, if you sell just 2000, which isn't too far fetched IMO considering the size of the market which is worldwide, you are going to net $1 million.

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I think my target audience will see in the tutorials that I don't hate on any style, though many in here have already associated my own photography, which does not contain nudity or sex and actually appears on PG-rated newsstands every month, with porn.
I must say that I also got the same first impression when going on your website that it was a porn site. Something about the layout, dunno, something. Now as far as the lads magazines you work for and you mention go, I am believing their sole "raison d'etre" is the selling of sexual fantasy so that the frontier between them and porn is so thin that it is IMO non-existant even if there is no actual porn or even nudity in them.

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Lastly, as I've said before, I created this series to speak to a new, more diverse audience that is often underrepresented in the entertainment and photography industries. You have every right to disagree that this even exists, but those who I am reaching know exactly what I am talking about. This is for you.
No again I don't think this is for me. I wouldn't even buy it for $100 tbh considering that what is displayed in your proof page (http://www.masteringretouching.com/proof1.php) is not difficult to achieve at all for the most IMO. Three of the example are very easy and the fourth one is of only medium difficulty.

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My last "real" job was making color-copies at Kinko's and I believe the tools I am now teaching helped me quit the rat-race and build a successful career. No one has to agree with me, I'm just trying to share what I know with those who are seeking it.
What you are selling here in fact is a merely is a $500 "dream" I understand, the dream that those $500 are going to offer a path to leave the "rat race" and enter a world of glamour etc...

Sorry if I come accross as harsh but as you quoted my little post to write all that I took it all personally
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:20 AM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

At the end of the day if the series is not what it is being made out to be then word will spread around after a while.
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:45 AM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

imo there are no magic solutions in retouching & the purchase of any dvd even the good ones will not instantly make you a good retoucher .... this only comes after hours & hours ...of practice ...& then some ... which probably isn't what people want to hear
sure you can pick up a few tricks for this & that (all of which can be found here on RP) but it will take years before you can confidently take an image from start to finish with full knowledge of what you are doing & alot of which you gotta piece together yourself...
so anyone going to teach retouching really should emphasise the need for practicex3 as much as anything else... as opposed to selling secrets of success
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:50 AM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

That goes without saying Mark. But sometimes there are new techniques that come into play that we were not aware of before. Eg take a look at the high pass sucks thread over on MM and that has since turned into a technique prior to D&B itself. So there maybe something in Nicks DVD that will also enlighten people in a similar fashion.

All im saying is I like the before and afters on his website. Maybe I am just being naive who knows but I think I will take a risk on it anyway.

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Old 12-28-2009, 02:48 PM
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I was not trying to insult you or your work. Trully hope it didn't come out that way. English is not my native language and some times I come off s a bitch
Glamour does not equal porn in my eyes, I just dislike it. something personal.
I appreciate the thoughts, Natalia, and I understand your point of view. I sincerely do wish you all the best in your own DVD series (I think we both know just how well you are going to do, so congratulations).

For those of you who happen to dislike glamour because you feel it may be exploitational, please do just a bit of research on my company, and you will see that not only does SlickforceStudio pride itself on being the most professional (perv-free) glam studio in the country, but we also actively donate portions of all of our services, including Mastering Retouching, to two major sexual-abuse charities: RAINN and RedlightChildren.

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Sorry if I come accross as harsh but as you quoted my little post to write all that I took it all personally
(I only meant it to cover my first point, where I agreed with you. Sorry if it seemed like my whole novel was a response...not intentional! )

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It's against the rules to use the forums as advertising.
Understood. Please note that before Matt or I even came in here, the thread was in fact started by a regular member, not by anyone in my camp—I simply felt the need to respond and clarify. However, I respect the rules of the forum that you have all worked hard to build. This will be my last post in this thread, as it is impossible for my comments to be unbiased.

I do, once again, thank all of you for listening. You have given me much help in revising, marketing, and publicizing this product. I wish you the happiest of holidays, a very prosperous 2010, and the best in your respective careers. May all your dreams come true.
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:16 PM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

Thanks for taking the time to answer questions on here. Have sent you a message over on slickforce.

Cheers
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Hi Nick
Do you answer the messages what you get ?

lg Calvin
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