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Old 11-27-2012, 01:45 PM
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Interview with Nick Saglimbeni

Nick created the "Mastering Retouching" & "Mastering Compositing" series of Photoshop tutorials. He's worked with some of the hottest celebrities and models, and his retouching work is spectacular.

Here's an interview with some insights on his life and his retouching techniques.

http://blog.photowhoa.com/nick-sagli...g-celebrities/
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:20 AM
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I do not understand this guy at all.

I'm sorry to say but his skin is blurred to hell and looks no better than 50% of the amateurs on this forum who've just discovered frequency separation. I would be embarrased to turn that kind of work over to a client.

I guess that's 'glamour' for you.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:08 AM
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Congrats on the interview. Your site really rates, it has to be extremely hard to get ahold of this guy.

Also appreciate the special on your site - getting Nick's Mastering Retouching for half-price is a deal I couldn't pass up

Regarding Nick's work, it's outstanding. It's no accident he's photographing Kim Kardashian and other top Hollywood beauties. His angles and posing are overall spot-on, he makes his models look dynamic, glamourous and fashionable, and he has a really high-end feel and touch to his work.

From a technical standpoint there are not many retouchers out there whose work can't be improved, and I'll defer to those more expert than I am in that area, but from a photographic standpoint he's extremely good. And ultimately that's what makes a photographer.

OneRedPanther, maybe I'm wrong because your retouching work is outstanding!!! So obviously you know what you're talking about better than I do regarding retouching.

...but also I can't imagine all the people who print his work and pay him huge bucks to work for them can't tell crappy retouching from decent-to-good retouching when they see it. But that's just me

Further insights would be most welcome, along with recommendations for retouching resources that genuinely are top notch.

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Old 11-29-2012, 11:24 AM
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I do not understand this guy at all.

I'm sorry to say but his skin is blurred to hell and looks no better than 50% of the amateurs on this forum who've just discovered frequency separation. I would be embarrased to turn that kind of work over to a client.

I guess that's 'glamour' for you.
I guess it's just a matter of opinion & personal preference. At the end of the day, he's shooting (and retouching) celebrities and magazine covers and doing amazing things most photographers can only dream about.

Also, yes, the fact that he shoots glamour is a big reason why he retouches the way he does.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:19 PM
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Very good points At the end of the day what paying customers like -- especially customers paying big money -- trumps what industry experts and practicioners like. Though technical proficiency is always helpful, and Nick is clearly proficient enough to make doing dream jobs a significant portion of his undoubtedly considerable income.
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I do not understand this guy at all.
I was a bit confused, too, until the light bulb went off in my head. This is porn retouching done at a fairly high level, accompanied by some pretty ambitious self promotion. He's from L.A., the porn capitol of America, and there's maybe 50 people in that town who do the same sort of blurring and smearing retouching on the well endowed ladies in the industry. My guess is that's how he acquired his retouching chops, although he's pushing the starving artist thing in his bio.

The portfolio wouldn't get past the door of any high end retouching house
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I was a bit confused, too, until the light bulb went off in my head. This is porn retouching done at a fairly high level, accompanied by some pretty ambitious self promotion. He's from L.A., the porn capitol of America, and there's maybe 50 people in that town who do the same sort of blurring and smearing retouching on the well endowed ladies in the industry. My guess is that's how he acquired his retouching chops, although he's pushing the starving artist thing in his bio.

The portfolio wouldn't get past the door of any high end retouching house
It's a little much to make baseless statements like this isn't it? Considering the fact that he doesn't work with pornstars and his portfolio is full of high-end commercial work.
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It's a little much to make baseless statements like this isn't it? Considering the fact that he doesn't work with pornstars and his portfolio is full of high-end commercial work.
I dunno... we all have our dark pasts that we'd prefer to keep hidden. I agree with Benny Profane; if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and has feathers...

Call it what you want, but the smudging, smearing, blurring techniques that he uses are the kind of approaches that are routinely degraded here and on other sites. Just because it appeals to Kim Kardashian doesn't make it good.
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It's a little much to make baseless statements like this isn't it? Considering the fact that he doesn't work with pornstars and his portfolio is full of high-end commercial work.

Dude, Kim Karkashian or however you spell her name posing in a provocative manner showing her butt wearing a sort of bondage leather thing is not "high end commercial work". Trust me.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:23 PM
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Dude, Kim Karkashian or however you spell her name posing in a provocative manner showing her butt wearing a sort of bondage leather thing is not "high end commercial work". Trust me.
Check out his portfolio. Sure he shot Kim, but he's done much more than that.
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