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Advice in Starting a career in retouching...

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Old 08-23-2011, 11:17 AM
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Advice in Starting a career in retouching...

Hi all

Firstly I would like to say how grateful I am to have found a forum like this.
Hopefully some people out there can give me some assistance.

I live in London, UK.
I have been considering a part time career in retouching alongside my full time job for a long while and have decided finally be proactive.
I envisage going freelance to fit this around my full time job (I work on a 4 day on 4 day off system so I have plently of time free to study and work).

I previously worked in a medical library where i used Photoshop and Illustrator extensively to retouch scanned negatives/photos.
It has been 8 years since then but I am sure with many many hours I can get my Photoshop skills up to date.
I plan to build myself a portfolio of old restowed photos and a few other projects and incorporate this into a website.

Does anyone recommend any courses/workshops to help build the skills/techniques required?
Whilst studying/practising I think a Mac, latest Photoshop and maybe printer/scanner are the only equipment needed - any points on this?
How open is the industry to work experience placements? Studying is fine but there is nothing like real world experience.
If needed I would be willing to work for free on my days off to learn the trade.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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