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Old 07-25-2002, 07:41 PM
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Are you a professional independant digital retoucher?

This is my first day here at Retouch Pro, and I am looking to meet other professional independant digital retouchers.
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Old 07-25-2002, 08:13 PM
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If by professional you mean trying to make some bucks from a home based restoration operation then I would say yes. But I'm only in my second year of business.
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Old 07-25-2002, 08:20 PM
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Excellent. I am just still finding it hard to belive that I have foud a website devoted to retouchers.

It's nice to meet you.
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Old 07-25-2002, 08:31 PM
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I'm hoping to start my own business doing retouching and restoration in the future. I keep thinking that I have to learn more, practice more, before I can start trying to make money doing this.

For anyone who does retouching and restoration as a home-based business (as a means of extra income, in particular) how did you get started?
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Old 07-25-2002, 08:34 PM
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Aric,
Same here.

From the looks of it, you may just break a record for the first member to go from junior member status to member status in one day. I think that's 50 posts and 100 for senior status. The night's still young.
It's nice to see you are having a good time. When I found the site I thought it was so unique and the people were so nice to talk with. It's the first site I was comfortable with enough to talk in the forums without having to be afraid of feeling stupid. I have found that no matter how much it seems like everyone knows they still come here to learn. I guess that puts us all on an even footing.
As for my business, it's still in what I would call the hobby stage. Although I love the artistic part of it, I find I am no business person. However, I have been able to mostly please all my customers so I guess I'm not doing so bad.
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Old 07-25-2002, 08:36 PM
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Sonya,
I started out with a website then listed in the local Yellow Pages. That was the real business generator for me. The sight acts as a reference to my Yellow Page listing. It's the perfect business because you can start out relatively cheap in the investment stage and go from there.
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Old 07-25-2002, 08:39 PM
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Just because some one calls themselves a professional doesn't mean that they are good at what they do, it just means that they get paid for what they do.

As far as how I got started, that is a long story. High school summer jobs at photo labs, a BFA with an emphasis in photography and a minor in business, and a number of jobs in different photographic studios. I freelanced as a scanner for different studios, which very quickly evolved into free lance retouching. The free lance work got to be so much that I started to do that full time and I have never looked back.
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Old 07-25-2002, 08:50 PM
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Thanks for the info, you guys. I'm working on adding a restoration/retouching gallery to my new website, and from there, I was planning to advertise in local papers.

I'm hoping to get my site online in the next month. I'm curious to see how I do...

(And by curious, I mean nervous. First day of school "Gosh, I hope the other kids will play with me at recess" nervous.)
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Old 07-25-2002, 09:59 PM
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Gosh Aric, when I checked the forums this a.m. you hadn't found us yet. Now, this evening, you're moving rapidly toward "old timer" status!

Welcome to RP!

I do have my own small restoration business, but I'm in a pretty rural area and it's not a real big deal so far. I learned restoration while working in photo labs and studios (for about the past 20 years). I'm still primarily a lab rat, though. The restoration is just basically a second job at this point.
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Old 07-25-2002, 10:58 PM
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Welcome to the Site! My business consists mainly of restoration of photos dating from the late 1800's thru the early 1940's...No background in traditional methods though..all digital. Tom
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