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    I was laid off of work and having a hard time fining a job. I was thinking about trying to fnd work as a retoucher. What would be the best way in doing so? I'm a portrait photographer and do my own retouching but can use some additional training. Would I stand a better chance if I went to an Adobe Certified class or does the training matter if the retouched photos look the same as if I was self taught? What do companies look for in a retoucher? My area doesn't have any companies that I can think of but if I could find something that I can do from home that would be great! I have a new IMac, Photoshop CS5 Extended, Lightroom 3, Nik Software Plugins,Aperture, Wacom Intous 4 Tablet and a 2TB External Hard Drive. Just curios if this is something even worth trying to get into. I plan on traveling back and forth to Miami for photo shoots too.

  • #2
    Re: Retoucher Job Market

    my buddy just got laid off and he's a decent retoucher himself so i think the market might be adjusting to the sluggish economy, what was your previous line of work?


    • #3
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      Ditch the Imac... If you are doing serious color work. It won't hack it!

      Stick with what you know, contact other portrait photographers and offer your services.

      It is a big difference between that and the advertising world. Do what you know.
      Forget all the adobe certified classes.... If you want to do serious retouching, find a serious retoucher with a good folio to help/train you.



      • #4
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        I worked at an accounting firm and was also laid off of 3 others jobs here in the Space Coast. Companies keep closing on me .


        • #5
          Re: Retoucher Job Market

          Sorry I thought your post said you were a photographer.



          • #6
            Re: Retoucher Job Market

            I am a photographer. I do free lance but it's pretty dead where I live. that's why I travel to shoots. Also on Face Book under Crystal Lea Photography


            • #7
              Re: Retoucher Job Market

              Sorry I am confused... Then you said you worked at an accounting company....

              Right... I just looked at your site.


              • #8
                Re: Retoucher Job Market

                The newer iMacs are fine for retouching, we use several of them where I work for freelancer stations. Of course we also proof everything on paper before it goes to the client...


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