Go Back   RetouchPRO > Business > Work/Jobs
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Work/Jobs Talk about the business side of things. Advice, questions, inspiration, and moral support

How does one break out of retouching?

Thread Tools
Old 03-09-2016, 05:28 PM
nastynicole nastynicole is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 1
How does one break out of retouching?

I have been retouching professionally since before I graduated from art school. I've been with my current job at a popular fashion conglomerate for 3 years and I'm getting the itch to get a new job and move to a new location.

I feel like this is a critical point in my career. I could choose to broaden my horizons and try something new, so I'll have more options/opportunity for growth in the future - OR, I fear that if I go with another retouching job, I'll be locked in and I'll be forced to be a retoucher forever (which would be okay, but I really wanted to do other things in fashion).

I'm interested in the production end of things (booking models, casting, ironing out the details for a shoot, research, coordinating), but every production-esque job out there calls for experience. How does one get "production experience"?
Reply With Quote top
Old 03-09-2016, 06:45 PM
Doug Nelson's Avatar
Doug Nelson Doug Nelson is offline
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,062
Blog Entries: 21
Re: How does one break out of retouching?

Reach out to your contacts you have previously done retouching for. Tell them exactly what you told us (maybe say "branch out" instead of "get out"). Maybe be a part-time intern while continuing to retouch, if that's what it takes. They know you, they know your eye, they know your work ethic.

No one will jump just to help you out, but if it's an opportunity for both sides to get what they need it could get you the experience you're looking for.

If all your work to this point has been out of town, call local photographers, studios, agencies, and show them your retouching work and tell them of your desire to expand your experience base.

I wouldn't ever leave retouching completely. A master of two skills is more valuable than a master of one, and in business if you haven't done a job for a couple of years it doesn't count.
Reply With Quote top
Old 07-01-2016, 09:03 AM
Jerry1 Jerry1 is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Hertfordshire, UK
Posts: 18
Re: How does one break out of retouching?

I think there's a lot of photographers out there who just like to be behind the camera and don't enjoy a lot of the other necessary aspects of their work.

If it doesn't sound too mundane, maybe a photographers assistant (to start with) would make use of your retouching expertise on the shoot and involve you in some of the organisation. You can see and learn a huge amount by being on a busy model shoot involving art directors, stylist etc.
Reply With Quote top

  RetouchPRO > Business > Work/Jobs

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Head Shot Retouching time...How much time FCP Photo Retouching 25 01-26-2013 07:28 AM
Freelance photo retouching services Volcano Work/Jobs 0 03-25-2012 07:31 AM
Looking for a Junior retouching position (London) diamond Classifieds 0 03-14-2012 09:51 AM
NYC High End retouching Workshop JSFphoto Events 2 06-16-2011 08:47 AM
Professional Jewelry Retouching Service jetretouch Classifieds 0 05-18-2011 08:19 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:11 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved