Thank you for the feedback, it is definitely useful. I think I will use my personal family and travel photos as my training to hone my skills. I do have a friend who is a well respected and successful photographer who also does retouching. I plan on asking him if he would be my mentor and guide me along this journey. My end goal is to be capable of doing retouching independently. I have always preferred to work for myself. I'll definitely post some of my work here when ready for your critiquing. Thank you again.