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Old 01-17-2010, 05:49 AM
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making a living

Curious How many of you on retouch pro actually make a FULLTIME living from retouching Which means this is how you support your self
Thanks for any input
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:21 PM
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Re: making a living

NOT ME!!

I found these old threads to be very interesting reads as far as your question goes..

Professional, Amateur, Hobbyist?

How to get all the business you can handle doing restorations/retouching?
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Old 01-17-2010, 03:40 PM
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Im making a living from it.


I work for a packaging company and i retouch day in day out! I was picked up as a college graduate and ive been there ever since!
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:19 PM
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Re: making a living

i work 10-12 hours a day managing 2 major accounts as the senior retoucher at a studio in nyc.

pay is good, but the hours can add up and get very stressful at times. Sometimes I wonder if going back to freelance would be any easier on my life...but after 10 years of freelancing, i've gotten comfortable with the steady paycheck!

if you're looking to do this as a career, put in the time and do it 120%...don't do anything half-assed.
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:14 AM
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Re: making a living

Thanks Ol Baldy,Ace and KR115,for replying
That said its kind of interesting that this post has been up for 24hrs and only 3 people replied and only 2 of them actually work in it fulltime.
Thanks for the threads,but there 7 years old.I asked this question hoping it would inspire new people just starting out,but it looks bleak out there.Unless people just are not interesyed in answering
Just my opinion
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:05 AM
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Re: making a living

I guess I was thinking you meant "a living" as self employed.

I've been retouching and doing color corrections (for various lithographic trade shops, publishers and printers) since 1981.

Today I work for a magazine publisher and, along with 7 others, color correct and retouch images for 48 different magazines. Once or twice a week I get something creative to do on covers or feature openers but the majority is pleasing color on every kind of shot you can imagine. Counting total submits, we worked on 46,000 images last year.

My freelance work is much more creative, and lucrative, but I don't know that I could make it on that alone. It would be tough to "shake the trees" for new work and then actually have the time do it full time.
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:20 PM
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I work as an in-house retoucher for an ad agency. Before that I was a prepress guy, but I've been fulltime retouching for a little over a year now. Good fun.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:30 AM
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Re: making a living

I make my living from photography and retouching...so I guess my answer is "kinda"

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Old 01-19-2010, 09:39 AM
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I have been retouching since 75'
As a film "dot etcher", wet and dry. Wet being with liquid chemicals in a tray and a wet rinse and squeegee sink type work station. Masking or staging was done on a light table by brushing lacquer on the film.
Dry etching was done by cutting rubylith masks and film exposures.
Then on a Scitex system.
Now the MAC.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:29 AM
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I work for one of the 3rd largest granite manufacturers west of the Mississippi, I retouch 10 hours a day. Once the images are retouched or scenes are created, they are then laser etched onto granite.

I'm in my own department, no one looking over my shoulder, the only one's that I have to make happy are the folks that have ordered the granite. It's a blast, wouldn't have it any other way!
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