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Old 05-02-2015, 03:32 AM
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Self Regulating Geek Filter

I’ve got a lot of respect for the people who have given us the software we use daily, and I realise that without scientific and mathematical knowledge we would still be scratching pictures on cave walls. But I do get a bit bored when the threads in this retouching forum are so often taken over by mathematical conversations which are of little or no relevance to the everyday practice of retouching.

I would like to suggest the following thought -

If you can’t explain it without resorting to mathematical terms, then it’s probably of little or no relevance to a practicing retoucher.
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Old 05-02-2015, 06:33 AM
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Re: Self Regulating Geek Filter

Couldn't agree more.
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:41 AM
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Re: Self Regulating Geek Filter

There are lots of threads here that won't be of any interest to you. I'm sure there are threads of yours that aren't of interest to someone else. We have 100,000 registered members. Not all of them will agree on anything.

I like the math posts. I like the retouching posts. I like the recipes and flower photos as well. You may not. That's cool. Just don't try to tell anyone else that they're posting wrong.
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:22 AM
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Re: Self Regulating Geek Filter

I posted an observation, not an instruction.
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:29 AM
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Re: Self Regulating Geek Filter

I'm open to suggestions if you have ideas on how we can both maintain our welcoming and nurturing core values and still keep the signal-to-noise ratio manageable.

I've often thought about splitting up the retouching forum into beginner/advanced, or hobby/pro but that wouldn't really address your particular issue.

I didn't mean to seem like I was shutting you down, I just want to make sure no one else feels that way.
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:34 AM
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Re: Self Regulating Geek Filter

I think it's just a question of balance, which was the reason for my initial comment. It is a primarily a retouching forum after all.
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:43 AM
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Re: Self Regulating Geek Filter

It's not really that simple. I interact with more retouchers than probably most do. Even at the highly-paid fulltime pro level I run into retouchers that think in terms of ink, or that dodge and burn with the actual dodge and burn brush. The spectrum is wonderfully wide.

It's a big old world out there. We just need to think of a way to accommodate it in here.
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Old 05-02-2015, 12:06 PM
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Re: Self Regulating Geek Filter

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If you can’t explain it without resorting to mathematical terms, then it’s probably of little or no relevance to a practicing retoucher.
As someone who admittedly is mathematically challenged but called a geek, what is or isn't considered a mathematical term?
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Old 05-02-2015, 12:24 PM
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Re: Self Regulating Geek Filter

Good question.

And I would also like to know how I (literally, me) could objectively determine if someone is a practicing retoucher. That sounds flip, I know, but I am dead serious. I have possible solutions in mind if that can be determined.
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Old 05-02-2015, 12:27 PM
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For me, anything beyond arithmetic is mathematical and usually obscure.
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