Originally Posted by rl-retouch
As for 3D, I'm learning the basics through Blender (latest versions are improving hugely) as no way can I afford 3ds maxx, cinema 4d, lightwave etc just to learn the ropes. I'm not sure of the affect this will have on retouching though, image manipulation maybe but straight photo retouching?
Out of curiosity are you two starting to work with 3D in anticipation of its impending explosion?
I'm not. I've pretty much given up on the thought of it at this point, because I'm near the end of my career, and 3D takes time. I'll stick with beauty and some product as a speciality. There will always be beauty.
3D is best learned on a company's dime and time, which means you'll have to get lucky and find an employer who likes you and will pay for your training and be patient, because, from what I've heard, it's hard. It's also best learned in a collaborative environment between the engineers who design on CAD and the 3D artist, effectively eliminating the photographer. That means a good manager handling everything, and they're as rare as flamingos in Maine. I'm so close to a situation where it could all come together, but, I watch from the sidelines as it is so poorly mishandled. Sigh. Ten years ago I was shown a synthetic Lexus in a real time ad, and my bosses can't figure out simple appliances, and we're the manufacturer.
As usual, there's probably some Chinese kid who is pretty good at it, and will have my bosses job in ten years. And, of course, somebody will be whining that they didn't see that one coming.