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Where are all the high-end clientele online?

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Old 01-05-2012, 09:57 AM
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Re: Where are all the high-end clientele online?

"piss on your chips" Ha. Love to hear that little Geico lizard say that.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:59 AM
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Re: Where are all the high-end clientele online?

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In the 80's hanging out in Bars in the Agency districts of London would definintely produce work... Not Now.

I hate to piss on your chips... But your folio is nowhere near the high end level agencies need..
Well all the stuff up there is completed is 'semi-high end' meaning under one hour turn around (usually 20 minutes) with high volume so you usually can only fix one major thing quick. Plus no fashion, glamor or any art-related shots.

They want realistic blandness, sometimes too soft so that your work blends well with the lower end work from retouchers who just do really basic stuff like dust, clipping paths, etc.

I really want the opportunity to upgrade out of this work because I know I can do much better given the time and proper shots/freedom Plus I've maxed out at $36/hour, have to manage/train other retouchers and I'm the biggest fish in this tiny pond.

I mean the photographers I often work with are high volume Brooks graduates who obviously don't really care or have the time to care about the shots they produce as long as they don't have to reshoot.

Surely you have some understanding of what I mean?

Anyways I'm of course willing to work for free and interested in starting with 'worthy' raw files to begin with.
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:10 AM
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As a true Londoner, I could do that little lizards job! LOL

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Old 01-05-2012, 10:15 AM
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Re: Where are all the high-end clientele online?

I have gone through this scenario till I am blue in the face.....

You will not attract creative retouching work with that folio....
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:21 AM
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Re: Where are all the high-end clientele online?

What is your definition of high end?
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:47 AM
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I have gone through this scenario till I am blue in the face.....

You will not attract creative retouching work with that folio....
I'm sort of new to this whole internet retouching thing so do pardon. I assumed some people would have 'worthy' raws available for test purposes.

I do have realistic/sharp illustration skills in Photoshop like here: http://christophergfx.carbonmade.com/projects/3970717#2

I can repaint products, hair, clothing, clipped/cropped parts of models with passable success in print so I would think that would qualify me to attempt 'worthy' high-end retouching.
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:56 AM
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Re: Where are all the high-end clientele online?

It really depends on your definition of high end. To me, that means work from the big Ad agencies and top photographers....

Don't go by what you see on here, unfortunately most of the stuff on here is done by hobbyists, not full time pro retouchers. The title of the website is a little misleading.

It is a long road for creative retouchers.... But a worthwhile one. Good luck!

www.creativeretouching.boardhost.com
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:22 AM
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What is your definition of high end?
Pick up a copy of Vogue. To start.
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:37 AM
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I think I am pulling out of this thread....

Just looked at the start.... You say you have 14 years under your belt? 1997!

If you are not where you want to be as a retoucher in 14 years, I don't know what to say.
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:29 PM
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I think I am pulling out of this thread....

Just looked at the start.... You say you have 14 years under your belt? 1997!

If you are not where you want to be as a retoucher in 14 years, I don't know what to say.
Yeah, I came in when they were still doing cut and paste, but I started with Photoshop 4.0. That was before history and blend modes, I'm sure you're aware of this if you've been working since the 70's.

I had a pretty early start working from late high school through college mainly catalog and web stuff. Anyways, I never really thought retouching was going to be my main job position all of these years it just sort of ended up that way so I didn't actively pursue fashion, etc.

But anyways, what does it matter?

I'm a pretty fast learner, I understand Photoshop and the tools, channels, curves, etc... I understand anatomy and composition, lighting, basic photography, etc.

I'm a positive person so if I decided or had to start an entirely new field from scratch today I'd be okay with it.
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