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What are they calling retouchers nowadays???

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Old 02-21-2011, 10:10 PM
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:58 AM
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Re: What are they calling retouchers nowadays???

I was a retoucher before the digital came (you know pencils and leads and rubilith and paint and knifes and....). In French, I don't know in English, there was a difference between the guy who touched the neg (retoucheur) and the guy who touched the print (repiqueur). The 1st one to cut and hairspray and manipulate in a complicated way, the second to fill the dust "blanks" with a tiny 1 hair brush.

Here's an image...
http://reflets.echos.free.fr/blog/wp...he_negatif.jpg - the paraphernalia....

and then even if the site is in French
http://etudesphotographiques.revues.org/index1004.html - just look at the pictures of corrected negatives (reminds you of D&B?)

We used to be called by the employment services "photo lab technician, specialty: photo retoucher)
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:02 PM
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Ha, I used to call myself that. Was quite a valuable skill, too, at one time. Now, it's in the same trash bin as "dye transfer technician".
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:30 PM
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Re: What are they calling retouchers nowadays???

@Boneappetit - I lived in Madrid for 5 years so I'm familiar with Castellano but Mandarin would be a big problem! Anyway, I wasn't correcting you BA I was just giving my personal opinion. These days everyone seems to be a retoucher because they can apply a PS filter and get a pretty effect. Retouchers don't need computers - they just need a one hair brush and eagle eyesight ha!
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:05 PM
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@Boneappetit - I lived in Madrid for 5 years so I'm familiar with Castellano but Mandarin would be a big problem! Anyway, I wasn't correcting you BA I was just giving my personal opinion. These days everyone seems to be a retoucher because they can apply a PS filter and get a pretty effect. Retouchers don't need computers - they just need a one hair brush and eagle eyesight ha!
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Congratulations Repairman. But my point is that the thread theme is "the term retoucher" as a career or title, not the ability anyone could have or not, like Oh yeah I got a bachelor in retouching, here's my diploma.

I'd say this is just like "decaffeinated tea". Go figure... LOL
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Old 02-26-2011, 02:19 PM
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Re: What are they calling retouchers nowadays???

They gave me the title "Image Specialist" where I work. Basically, a fancy title for a retoucher who gets suckered into doing everything they can squeeze into the position. When I was hired, the title was "Retoucher". Now they call us "Image Specialists" and we retouch, traffic manage, manage projects, answer a million emails... basically, anything our boss doesn't want to do, she adds to our positions. We do it all for her while she shops online all day and takes long lunches. That's what retouching jobs in New York are now.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:42 AM
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Re: What are they calling retouchers nowadays???

Hi guys, once again, thanks for your responses and insights.. Thanks little fisher for the image specialist idea..
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