LET'S TALK RETOUCHING https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast Retouching is our passion! We love talking about techniques, tools, gear, the business of retouching and to totally nerd out on it. As photographers go on meetups and conventions to talk about lights and cameras, we retouchers often have no opportunity to get together and to talk. For that reason, we would love to start discussions and invite other retouchers to talk about our interests, our business Mon, 28 Nov 2022 09:36:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blubrry PowerPress/9.7.3 BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING clean episodic BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING daniel@hager.media daniel@hager.media (BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING) © BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING All things retouching and postproduction LET'S TALK RETOUCHING https://boutiqueretouching.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LTR-Podcast-image-4.jpg https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast Germany Germany Make A Donation Make A Donation Natalia Fadejeva Retoucher - Part II https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr036-natalia-fadejeva-retoucher-part-ii/ Sun, 30 May 2021 18:29:38 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=26660 Natalia Fadejeva who is retouching for magazines like Vogue, ELLE and known Makeup Brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills talks about her journey of becoming a retoucher, the struggles of studying arts at university, and gives valuable insights into real-world retouching scenarios. Natalia Fadejeva who is retouching for magazines like Vogue, ELLE and known Makeup Brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills talks about her journey of becoming a retoucher, the struggles of studying arts at university, Natalia's Path of becoming a Retoucher



Daniel Hager



So, when was the time that you pushed through being a student and becoming a working Retoucher; was that during university or was it after university for you?



 Natalia Fadejeva



Yeah, I think it was during university. As I said, I graduated 2015 and I remember registering myself as a self-employed.



In 2014 I also remember. I mean it's great to have amazing friends and me and Shannon were sitting in.



And we're writing an essay for work and then from one of the photographers that I've been kind of trying. And you know.



You know?



Building my experience with he had a.



Potentially endorse editorial thing for Cosmopolitan, and I was like, oh crap, I have this essay to Ryans like I don't know if I'm going to make it like deadline is and there's this amazing opportunity and I will have to say no.



So the Sienna supporting me. She's like, don't worry and she's like you tell me I'll see you next to you, right?



And I will help you like finish writing you. You just need to talk to me and you can like we talked. You don't choose. So don't miss this opportunity to take it. And so I did and then.



And since then, yeah, I've been. I've been trying to take as many opportunities as I can. I still to this day take free work and I know a lot of people told.



Daniel Hager



Oh, don't say that you're gonna get a lot of rich.



Natalia Fadejeva



Oh well, it's fine. Like you too you I still like doing it especially I have so much commercial work coming in. I sometimes get so tired of it so.



Just for the sake of doing something different and fun, I still take free work and I still think there's so much for me to learn.



So I do. I mean it's not hindering me.



Daniel Hager



Which is incredible to notice for someone who has worked on covers for ELLE, think VOGUE as well.



Natalia Fadejeva



I think.



Yeah, I just haven't put it out. Yeah so so bad, sorry.



Daniel Hager



So yeah, I mean you have worked on covers for vogue, cosmopolitan as you said, obviously a Russian magazine.



You've done beauty campaigns and stuff. There's still something to be said about someone who has done that saying.



Oh, there's still so much for me to learn.



Natalia Fadejeva



There is and I can't stress this enough and you know, we know the main approach. Retouching skin, cleaning the gebran, color correction, blah blah blah.



But there are certain things, these little tweaks not in technique, but approach how people may use the same curves to do something else.



Unlike all, it's actually so good. For example, before when I used to masks, I only knew how to do with pencil.



But then I discovered channels and then in channels you would draw another guy. So you have to be so meticulous.



But then I saw someone.



You say you know the torch and burn the tool itself.



To use that in masking to perfect the mosque that's speed up. It's those little things that people don't sometimes mentioned.



 Forget to mention that they're using or. It's somewhere in another tutorial you don't think a...]]>
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LTR!035 - Natalia Fadejeva Retoucher https://boutiqueretouching.com/natalia-fadejeva/ Thu, 18 Feb 2021 19:24:22 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=26571 Listen in when world renowned retoucher Natalia Fadejeva talks about her love of Photoshop and the struggles going through a formal arts education. Listen in when world renowned retoucher Natalia Fadejeva talks about her love of Photoshop and the struggles going through a formal arts education. Overview Acheivements of Natalia Fadejeva of NATLYF RETOUCHING



Daniel Hager 



But Speaking of retouching, it's nice to have a friend on the podcast who's actually working in the industry, doing her thing, and being kind of a rock star even though you're not posting much on social media these days. 



Natalia Fadejeva 



I really want to though. 



Daniel Hager 



But then again, you're doing great work and let's just go over some of the work that you're doing because I know you've been doing a lot of stuff in the commercial field and in fashion. 



And you have work published in Glamour, Cosmopolitan? What else? One magazine, Schön Magazine, L’Officiel. I don't know how this list goes on and on and on; and doing work for Anastasia Beverly Hills and other makeup companies. 



You have such an extensive long list of clients; how does someone get there? 



How did it all start? Let's go to the beginning. What people don't know about you is that you have a formal education in photography. So how was that? How did Retouching become of interest to you? 



How Natalia's retouching career began



Early interest in technology



Natalia Fadejeva 



So, I'm gonna go slightly earlier. 



My interest in photography and retouching started around when I was actually 12, so I was really young. My parents had a friend that we used to sometimes visit. You know, adults would just be in a kitchen or living room chatting and the dude was really into the computers and he had a point-and-shoot camera that he let us borrow sometimes. 



So, I would take pictures by myself at home or with my friends. 



You know, just taking pictures like pulling a bed sheet over your head or dressing up with music and creating like little photo shoots. The images were cringey as hell, but you know, they are still fun to look at. 



So, he gave us the camera to borrow, so I used to play with it, and I remember once my parents took me to his place. While the adults were cooking and just socializing, I was sitting on his computer and he had an editing software open, which was Corel Draw. 



You know when you start up the program and they have similar stuff in games they show you how to navigate through the program and show the tools. And there was one for like skin tone to make someone more tanned and one was like a neon brush and it was so mesmerized. 



But it was like Oh my God. 



I can paint this new stuff and end up importing some of my images while I was there and because it was near the end, drawing myself  like Little devil horns and trying to make myself look cool. 



And I thought that was so amazing. 



First flush of using Photoshop



But we didn't have a computer at home, so I couldn't do anything. But then we could say my dad's parents made the biggest mistake. They bought him a computer on his birthday. It was told it was a Windows XP and I tried to find a software again.]]>
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LTR!034 – Greg Benz the creator of Lumenzia https://boutiqueretouching.com/greg-benz-of-lumenzia/ Tue, 27 Oct 2020 19:35:50 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=26295 Greg Benz is a photographer and software engineer who created the Photoshop add-on panel LUMENZIA. The panel is providing a unique way for photographers to select and adjust different tonalities within images. Greg Benz is a photographer and software engineer who created the Photoshop add-on panel LUMENZIA. The panel is providing a unique way for photographers to select and adjust different tonalities within images. get the Lumenzia Photoshop Add-on Panel



*Episode Transcript



Introducing Greg Benz



Daniel: 



So for people who do not know you cause, they might know the panel they might know, maybe some tutorials from you, but they maybe don't know you by name, so let's have you introduce yourself for how you would give your elevator pitch. 



Greg:  



Yeah, so. My name is Greg Benz. I'm a landscape photographer based out of Minneapolis, MN in the States and my. My focus is a photographer is a combination of my own photography as well as being a software developer, an instructor. So I spend a lot of time learning about and teaching about using luminosity masks. I think that a lot of people. 



Kind of know me for that, but my own my own work is kind of focused on landscape cityscape type work, though I've kind of done a little bit of everything over the years, so that's kind of my. My home base is luminosity masks. 



Daniel Hager 



Yeah, and people can go to your website gregbenzphotography.com where I can learn about luminosity masks, what you're doing, but you just said You are a software developer so. 



This episode potentially could get a little bit geeky just for listeners to be aware of, so I have no problem going deep into some topics here, so just to be aware of. 



Now let's go back. So, for how long do you think you are in this using Photoshop and what was your first time discovering this program, and how did it come to be? 



From Shooting Film To Creating a Software Product



Greg Benz 



Well, for me Photoshop something I've been using for almost 20 years. I really got kind of hooked on photography when I was living in London back in 2000 and we're shooting film back then, but using Photoshop after I scanned. 



The negatives and such and it just kind of snowballed since then. So really almost 20 years for me of using Photoshop, the luminosity masking. That's something I dove into something like 5 six years ago and gotten really seriously in the last few years, but it wasn't something I kind of picked up or figured out until a little bit later. I mean, it's definitely the more advanced end of photo shop. 



Technology to help you create and to be an artist



Daniel Hager 



There is obviously techniques in Photoshop that come to people more naturally without having to spend a lot of time or not investing a lot of time and others. They require more knowledge overall to make them work for you. 



Greg Benz 



Yeah, absolutely. You know, I think as an educator and as a photographer, both my goal has been to try and understand things that are complicated and boiling down to things that are more simple. I mean Lumenzia, my software actually started as something I did for myself because I thought that luminosity masking was old too. Cerebral, too academic. 



And I wanted to work as an artist and I could sort of, you know, think with the left side of my brain or the right side of my brain. But I couldn't do both at the same time. And so you know, I'm always trying to think about techniques or tools that I can create so that when I do my photography work,]]>
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LTR032 - Joseph Parry Retoucher https://boutiqueretouching.com/joseph-parry-retoucher-2/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 16:07:03 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=26216 Retouching is only done by boring people hiding behind their screens? Wrong! Join in into todays hilarious conversation with Joseph Parry who is delighted to bring more fun to retouching, and, at the same time educates us on pitfalls on the path of becoming a more than solid retoucher. Joseph Parry is a freelance Fashion and Commercial retoucher based in the UK. He's worked for the likes of Superdry, Ted Baker, Fairfax & Favour, Danskin, Scholl, Gaviscon, Canon Deutschland and more. He likes music, video games, and the odd pint at the local pub. Retouching is only done by boring people hiding behind their screens? Wrong! Join in into todays hilarious conversation with Joseph Parry who is delighted to bring more fun to retouching, and, at the same time educates us on pitfalls on the path of bec... BOUTIQUE RETOUCHING 1 32 LTR032 - Joseph Parry Retoucher yes 35:07 <div class="powerpress_player" id="powerpress_player_1124"><audio class="wp-audio-shortcode" id="audio-26216-4" preload="none" style="width: 100%;" controls="controls"><source type="audio/mpeg" src="https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast/feed/boutique1files.b-cdn.net/LTR-Podcast/LTR033-Joseph-parry.mp3?_=4" /><a href="https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast/feed/boutique1files.b-cdn.net/LTR-Podcast/LTR033-Joseph-parry.mp3">https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast/feed/boutique1files.b-cdn.net/LTR-Podcast/LTR033-Joseph-parry.mp3</a></audio></div> LTR!032 - Joseph Parry Retoucher https://boutiqueretouching.com/joseph-parry-retoucher/ Mon, 08 Jun 2020 19:10:24 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=24192 Retouching is only done by boring people hiding behind their screens? Wrong! Join in into todays hilarious conversation with Joseph Parry who is delighted to bring more fun to retouching, and, at the same time educates us on pitfalls on the path of becoming a more than solid retoucher. Joseph Parry is a freelance Fashion and Commercial retoucher based in the UK. He's worked for the likes of Superdry, Ted Baker, Fairfax & Favour, Danskin, Scholl, Gaviscon, Canon Deutschland and more. He likes music, video games, and the odd pint at the local pub. The hilarious world of retouching Josep Parry shares his story of being a touring a musician. One day, while on tour in the US, he bought a camera, and from there on his journey in the world of photography and retouching began.

FreeTube and Retouching Education
We discuss the current state of retouching education and that nowadays there are lots of free resources from which you can learn retouching. Not all of these resources are of the same quality, and it is up to you making the decision what is right and what is not.
But how can you make such a decision?
We both agree on it is the best choice to go with people who are actually work in the industry and can help you learn real-life techniques and to solve real-life issues that you will be confronted with once you are working in this industry.

What Is Good Retouching After All?
Joseph and I both discuss what can be considered retouching, and sometimes it does not even to be much. On the one hand, a client may dictate what needs to be done, but then you are also hired for your experience.
It is incredible how much effect very few tweaks, but the right tweaks can have on an image!

Marketing Your Retouching Business
We briefly touch on the marketing side of running a freelance business. Joseph was confronted with loving photography and retouching at the same time but made the conscious decision to separate the two and to market one service to a specific clientele. He did not want to be a photographer who also does retouching but being perceived as a professional, specialized retoucher.


A great retoucher is a visual surgeon, someone who understands the depth and complexities of an image and can make it as simple and enjoyable for your client as possible. It's my job as a retoucher to remove any distractions tastefully, and invisibly, to avoid damaging the integrity of your beautiful work.

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LTR!031 - Daniel Meadows of DMD Digital Retouching https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr031-daniel-meadows-of-dmd-digital-retouching/ Sun, 29 Mar 2020 18:27:22 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=23279 Professional retoucher Daniel Meadows talks about all things retouching tools and workflow. Get industry insights from working professionals. Professional retoucher Daniel Meadows talks about all things retouching tools and workflow. Get industry insights from working professionals. BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING 1 31 LTR!031 - Daniel Meadows of DMD Digital Retouching 37:44 <div class="powerpress_player" id="powerpress_player_1126"><audio class="wp-audio-shortcode" id="audio-23279-6" preload="none" style="width: 100%;" controls="controls"><source type="audio/mpeg" src="https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast/feed/boutique1files.b-cdn.net/LTR-Podcast/LTR031-Daniel-Meadows.mp3?_=6" /><a href="https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast/feed/boutique1files.b-cdn.net/LTR-Podcast/LTR031-Daniel-Meadows.mp3">https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast/feed/boutique1files.b-cdn.net/LTR-Podcast/LTR031-Daniel-Meadows.mp3</a></audio></div> LTR!030 - Daniel Meadows Retoucher https://boutiqueretouching.com/daniel-meadows-retoucher/ Tue, 18 Feb 2020 17:35:58 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=21142 Professional retoucher Daniel Meadows shares insights in professional retouching, how he learned retouching with the help of browsing forums, and how to work with advertising agencies. Professional retoucher Daniel Meadows shares insights in professional retouching, how he learned retouching with the help of browsing forums, and how to work with advertising agencies. Daniel has been retouching now for quite some years. In this podcast, we even joke about the good old times, when internet forums were still a thing.
Daniel mentioned, how he spent time browsing forums to find information on how professional retouching was done.
Retouching education in the early days of the internet
Beleive it or not, back then, information was not as widely available as it is in today's internet world. People used not to share a lot of information. Today everyone seems to be spoonfed with information. That said, information was available to those who were eager to dedicate themselves to the craft and who were willing to dig through forum posts.

Daniel mentions, how connections were made in such forums, the way people shared information, and how he ultimately acquired a lot of knowledge on retouching. Said knowledge he could later use to build his retouching career
Retouching was not a primary business choice
For Daniel, retouching was not a career he intended to pursue initially. He had followed a business endeavor with a partner, running a coffee shop. Ultimately, this business failed for a bunch of reasons, and Daniel found himself in a situation where he had to figure out a way to make a living.

Daniel explains the difficult situation and how frustrating it was. He even dealt with the desition to stock shelves in a supermarket just to get by. Luckily, some friends advised him otherwise, telling him they were convinced he could do much better than that.

And so, he ultimately ended up with the retouching thing that he did for fun up until this time of his life.


Starting A Retouching Career
In this episode, Daniel Meadows talks about how he ended up with his first client. He mentions how he was entrusted with a job that actually was way over his head, but somehow, this client saw the quality of work that he could deliver and therefore trusted in him and for him to deliver on his promises. And so Daniel had to pull through and work his way through the first job. All of this gave him the confidence that he could pursue retouching as a job and make a living with it.
Fake it 'til you make it
Advertising Is Where The Retouching Money is
Daniel and I talk about which jobs in retouching actually can earn you an income. While editorials are great to work on in terms of creative input and fulfillment, more often than not, they don't pay enough to sustain a regular income stream. Daniel used to be living in Manchester (UK) where he established himself as a freelance retoucher working for local advertising agencies.

Truth be told, when you want to make a good income, advertising is where it is at. To be successful, you will have to go into agencies, talk to people and get your foot in the door to eventually get a chance.


Bastet The Retouching Compagnion
As you can imagine, two cat-owners sitting down for a talk does not come without interruptions. So, we had quite some interruptions to endure. But we are taking it like real cat-owners, with a laugh!

Daniel was gracious enough to send over an image of his cat Bastet, chilling beneath the heat-lamp Daniel regularly puts up for her.

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Joel Grimes - Being An Artist With A Set Of Tools https://boutiqueretouching.com/joel-grimes-interview-on-photography-and-retouching/ Wed, 08 Jan 2020 17:56:20 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=20122 Joel Grimes shares his passion for creating images with us and why he is an artist with merely a set of tools to help his vision come to life. Joel Grimes shares his passion for creating images with us and why he is an artist with merely a set of tools to help his vision come to life. We start this podcast by talking about how Joel came to Photography. In his early years, Joel started his career as a photography student in college and went through the ara of shooting film.

In that time, he became aware of photography not being solely a way of documenting but also a way to be creative with the story you might want to tell and the processes involved when "making" an image.

For Joel being color blind, he could not print color in the darkroom himself. Nevertheless, he made the process of black and white images and the whole process his own.

Eventually, Joel came out of college with a degree in fine arts photography.
Being An Artist, Not A Photographer
When digital came along, Joel had to re-invented his role as a photographer. He saw his work not as that of a photographer but that of an artist, and thus, began marketing it as such.

That concept of being an artist with a set of tools first wholly changes the way one can approach photography. Nobody is bound by a fixed set of rules and steps to follow when one's primary goal is to create and use tools on the way to translate one's vision into reality.
Tools and Limitations
Back in the day, you could somewhat manipulate images in the darkroom; however, for the most part, a photographer had to get the final image in-camera.

Today this has changed, and an image can be taken predominantly to be put through digital processes. This may completely change one's approach to photography and what the right capture may look like.
The process is the same, the tools have changed
Ultimately, every process and every tool has its limitations, but in the creative process, there are no limits. You have a vision, and you work with the tools you have available to make your vision come to life.
Photoshop and the Transition from, film to digital
Early versions of Photoshop were already part of Joels Workflows when he was still shooting film. That said, making the switch to digital was not a smooth transition at first. With the introduction of digital, color images were merely just the difference of pushing a button and demand increasing steadily. Color-blind Joel first was not convinced he could keep up with the expectations that came with the new medium. 

Despite all the hurdles and nervousness about the new process, Joel found his way to making the process work for him. Thinking of himself as an artist, Joel manipulated images in a way he liked as art pieces. Within that world of what he likes as art, he could (and still can) work comfortably.
The Joel Grimes Look
The images Joel creates are far from what one would call neutrally color balanced but being an artist, Joel never tried to achieve this to begin with.  One, therefore, can look at "being color blind" as being an advantage and what set Joel free from adopting what was "the norm".

It seems like the edgy look almost came naturally to Joel's photography. Always pushing his boundaries in the process of creating art, he broke many rules in the process of creating. And while he was pushing himself to keep creating, new and exciting looks came to be.

On the verge of fantasy, the grungy, desaturated, and dramatic look came to be. With that look, photography processes have changed to accentuate all these traits in Joel's images.
The Joel Grimes Branding
With certain limitations in place and the will to push his vision, Joel stuck with the type of photography and art he preferred, ultimately branding this look as being intertwined with himself. He is the artist that creates and thus sells this unique look, eventually becoming known for it.

Joel mentions that this brand and his look plays in his hands when it comes to getting jobs. As he cannot "produce a perfectly red Ferrari" and instea...]]>
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Important Questions And Excuses We Make https://boutiqueretouching.com/important-question-and-excuses/ Fri, 22 Nov 2019 17:20:30 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=12298 Sometimes we all need time to make plans. A business can only strive and maintain stable flow if we are headed in the right direction. I am asking some existential questions in this episode. Sometimes we all need time to make plans. A business can only strive and maintain stable flow if we are headed in the right direction. I am asking some existential questions in this episode. BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING 1 28 Important Questions And Excuses We Make 37:10 <div class="powerpress_player" id="powerpress_player_1128"><audio class="wp-audio-shortcode" id="audio-12298-8" preload="none" style="width: 100%;" controls="controls"><source type="audio/mpeg" src="https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast/feed/hagermedia.blob.core.windows.net/lets-talk-retouching/LTR028-important-questions.mp3?_=8" /><a href="https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast/feed/hagermedia.blob.core.windows.net/lets-talk-retouching/LTR028-important-questions.mp3">https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast/feed/hagermedia.blob.core.windows.net/lets-talk-retouching/LTR028-important-questions.mp3</a></audio></div> Scott Kelby On Photoshop, Lightroom, And A World Without Bridge https://boutiqueretouching.com/scott-kelby-on-photoshop-lightroom/ Tue, 06 Aug 2019 18:21:14 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=11273 Scott Kelby is one of the heavyweights in the photo industry, and for good reasons! We talk about his start in the industry, how he grew his business and the ethics of retouching. Scott Kelby is one of the heavyweights in the photo industry, and for good reasons! We talk about his start in the industry, how he grew his business and the ethics of retouching. We talk about his start in the industry, how he grew his business and the ethics of retouching.]]> BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING 1 27 Scott Kelby On Photoshop, Lightroom, And A World Without Bridge 51:27 <div class="powerpress_player" id="powerpress_player_1129"><audio class="wp-audio-shortcode" id="audio-11273-9" preload="none" style="width: 100%;" controls="controls"><source type="audio/mpeg" src="https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast/feed/hagermedia.blob.core.windows.net/lets-talk-retouching/LTR027-Scott-Kelby.mp3?_=9" /><a href="https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast/feed/hagermedia.blob.core.windows.net/lets-talk-retouching/LTR027-Scott-Kelby.mp3">https://boutiqueretouching.com/podcast/feed/hagermedia.blob.core.windows.net/lets-talk-retouching/LTR027-Scott-Kelby.mp3</a></audio></div> Susan Rockstraw Retouching https://boutiqueretouching.com/susan-rockstraw-retouching/ Mon, 08 Jul 2019 16:45:11 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=10342 High-End retoucher Susan from California talks about her way to becoming a full-time retoucher in the beauty and fashion industry. High-End retoucher Susan from California talks about her way to becoming a full-time retoucher in the beauty and fashion industry.


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Gerry Kingsley On Retouching https://boutiqueretouching.com/gerry-kingsley/ Thu, 23 May 2019 18:06:46 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=8024 In this episode, we talk with Canadian epic photographer and former staff writer of retouching Academy, Gerry Kingsley on everything postproduction and retouching. In this episode, we talk with Canadian epic photographer and former staff writer of retouching Academy, Gerry Kingsley on everything postproduction and retouching. BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING 1 25 Gerry Kingsley On Retouching 51:08 How To Run A Successful Retouching Business https://boutiqueretouching.com/retouching-business/ Fri, 10 May 2019 18:08:28 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=7625 After asking other retouchers what they struggle with, the topics of marketing, sales and making a stable income were top of the list of answers. In this episode, I will talk about what it takes to run a successful retouching business. After asking other retouchers what they struggle with, the topics of marketing, sales and making a stable income were top of the list of answers. In this episode, I will talk about what it takes to run a successful retouching business. Hello, my dear retouching friends! Today’s episode of the podcast is all about running a successful retouching business. Just recently I have asked people on my email list what they struggle with. My intention with this was understanding you guys better and offering help. Therefore, I asked not only to respond with retouching related questions. You can imagine some responses to be quite personal, and for that reason, I have already replied to every single individual with a very personalized email.

Looking through all the questions, I found a few to be asked multiple times, ultimately leading me to make this episode. And interestingly enough, this non-retouching-related topic seems to be more popular, or let’s say, people, struggle with these topics more than with retouching.

So, today’s episode will be about the business side of retouching and what is involved with running a successful retouching business.

Surely the list of topics always can be enhanced and tweaked, but I am confident to provide some valuable information to everyone listening. We all struggle and at the same time grow and learn from our experience. I’ll share my experience, hoping for it to be beneficial to all of you. Shared experience and knowledge let us all grow and become better retouchers and better humans.

To give you a brief overview of how I will structure this episode topic-wise, this is what I will be talking about:

* Getting retouching jobs and getting new clients
* How can you keep existing clients?
* How to market yourself or your retouching business
* Pricing your retouching services
* Tools to run a retouching business (hardware tools and software tools)

Getting New Clients And Retouching Jobs
One of the most asked questions I can think of is from people new to the retouching industry asking hot to get new clients or how to land their first paid retouching job. We have already done an episode on this, so maybe check out episode #008 How to find retouching clients and how not to. But of course, I will mention a few things hopefully helping you in the process of acquiring new leads.
Solid Retouching Portfolio
My first recommendation and a first step on the way to getting retouching jobs is to have or to build a robust retouching portfolio. But what makes an excellent retouching portfolio. You need to start working on reasonably good source material. Starting with crappy images, that are badly lit and a model that is just a girl from next door won’t do you any good. You can surely practice a few basic techniques on any image; however, freelance retouching is a very detail-oriented job. You need to be on top of what is going on in the industry that you are working in. If you retouch beauty, you need to know what retouching companies expect to see, what they want to have fixed. Getting proper source images helps you to understand what to expect from such a job as other members of an already established team will work towards what clients want to see. If you have no access to good images, you can download some free raw files from our website to practice your retouching. To get to the free resource, head over to https://boutiqueretouching.com/free-raw-files/
There ‘s no excuse for you not to have a retouching portfolio matching today’s standards. Just make sure to work on your portfolio, keep updating it with recent work and cohesively showcase images.
Advertising where potential clients can find you
A logical next step of gaining clients is to market with your killer portfolio. This can be paid or free advertising on various platforms. The question always is whether you advertise in the right places. Or let’s say if your investment in time and/or money results in any qualified lea...]]>
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Should You Be Working for Exposure? https://boutiqueretouching.com/working-for-exposure/ Thu, 11 Apr 2019 15:59:20 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=2065 In today's episode, I will discuss when it is worth to work for free or for exposure and when you might be better of stepping away from these jobs to not hurt your own business. In today's episode, I will discuss when it is worth to work for free or for exposure and when you might be better of stepping away from these jobs to not hurt your own business. Every retoucher or even creative will have to answer this question not only once but multiple times in their careers. Working for free or working for exposure?

In this episode, we will discuss if you should and what considerations you might want to incorporate into your decision-making process.
The Big Question: Should You Work For Exposure?
Whether to work for free, for exposure, or for any way of compensation might be a case by case decision, I am going to go through some options here and present you with some ideas along the way.

It might all come down to your business model, the clients you are after and the fields you decide to work in. At some point or another, you might be confronted with the decision to work for free or work for exposure.
Working For Free vs Working for Exposure
But is it really the same?

What does it mean to work for free and what does it mean to work for exposure? At first glance, it seems to be the same. One is working without compensation the other for a trade-in other than money and quite vague in terms of its values. And that is the thing! When how valuable is this exposure thing?
Is Exposure A New Currency?
It has become quite common for companies wanting to pay creatives to be paid in this magical thing called "exposure". But what can it mean to be paid in exposure? Is it at all comparable to the value of money? I am making a bold statement when I say: Yes, it can be as valuable as money. But hear me out, just and only just in a very few cases. While society is pretty much stable in evaluating the value of money, for exposure there is no way to easily measure or compare the benefits of the exposure-currency.

But what does that all mean for you as a retoucher? how can you make a decision on if a job for exposure could be worth it or if you rather should stay away from it?
A Retoucher's Catch-22 Situation
What is a catch-22 situation? For us retouchers it means, we have to work for our advertising material and in order to get good material, we have to have good work. But let me explain:

First, let's agree on the decision whether to work for exposure or not to be uniquely different from the decision a photographer has to make on this. While a photographer, who is working for free, on a TFP basis, or for exposure will always have the benefit of owning the copyrights to the images, a retoucher does not have such benefits. A retoucher can never own an image's copyright or by default has any other rights on the images he or she is working on.

So, the issue for us retouchers still is that we need images to promote ourselves, our businesses and our abilities. See it how you want but knowing we do not have any rights on images we have not taken ourselves I think and know, we have to either spend money on advertising or work for the right to use images.

There is no way around making an investment if you want to have a killer portfolio and want to get hired for the right jobs. Take this into consideration when making a decision whether you might want to work for free and to what terms.
The Risk Of Not Working For Money
Before making a decision though, I'd like to point out why you might not work for free or for exposure.

While working for free usually means just that, for free, no compensations, no terms,...working for exposure is just working under specific terms and being compensated by using an advertising platform. The key phrase here will be ROI, aka. what are your returns on the investment you put into a project?

As it really is hard to measure and to tell what the right exposure might be, there will always be a certain fear of being used and not getting anything out of a job to benefit long term. As we have discussed before,]]>
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Interview with Jan Wischermann - Part 2 https://boutiqueretouching.com/jan-wischermann-part-2/ Tue, 02 Apr 2019 16:35:44 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=6686 In today's episode, we talk shop with retoucher Jan from Germany. He tells us all his secrets, what tools he is using for retouching, his workflow, but also we learn more about his views on the industry and learning the skills of a retoucher. In today's episode, we talk shop with retoucher Jan from Germany. He tells us all his secrets, what tools he is using for retouching, his workflow, but also we learn more about his views on the industry and learning the skills of a retoucher.
Follow Jan’s Work
www.prettyonpoint.de
instagram.com/prettyonpoint.de
www.janwischermann.de
instagram.com/janwischermann
www.gameofcreativity.de
https://medium.com/@jan.wischermann/die-leidenschaft-und-der-wille-zählen-pretty-personal-portrait-jan-wischermann-46043db2a0f1

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Jan Wischermann Retouching - Part 1 https://boutiqueretouching.com/jan-wischermann-retouching/ Fri, 15 Mar 2019 18:49:07 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=5299 Jan has been working as a freelance retoucher for many years and now has jumped into merging his business into a retouching agency. In this episode we talk about his start in retouching and how he made it into the world of commercial post-production. Jan has been working as a freelance retoucher for many years and now has jumped into merging his business into a retouching agency. In this episode we talk about his start in retouching and how he made it into the world of commercial post-production.
* How Jan Got Started With Photoshop And Retouching
* Design Work And Retouching
* Joining An Advertising Agency
* Freelance Retouching For Photographers And Advertising Agencies

About Jan Wischhermann Retouching
Jan has worked as a freelance retoucher for many years and now has jumped into merging his business into a retouching agency. In this episode, we talk about his start in retouching and how he made it into the world of commercial post-production.

 
Check Out Jan's Amazing Retouching Work



Follow Jan's Work
www.prettyonpoint.de
instagram.com/prettyonpoint.de
www.janwischermann.de
instagram.com/janwischermann
www.gameofcreativity.de
https://medium.com/@jan.wischermann/die-leidenschaft-und-der-wille-zählen-pretty-personal-portrait-jan-wischermann-46043db2a0f1

 

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Virginia Y. - Part II https://boutiqueretouching.com/virginia-y-part-ii/ Thu, 24 Jan 2019 20:10:10 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=3257 LET'S TALK RETOUCHING Podcast with our Guest Virginia Y. We are talking about retouching, work-life balance and her best tips for creatives who are eager to get into this industry. LET'S TALK RETOUCHING Podcast with our Guest Virginia Y. We are talking about retouching, work-life balance and her best tips for creatives who are eager to get into this industry. 2. Work-Life Balance
3. Finding Inspiration
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Virginia Y & TFPP https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr019-verginiya-yancheva-tfpp/ Tue, 08 Jan 2019 20:10:52 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=2751 We are kicking off the New Year with an interesting interview with Verginiya Yancheva who is also the host of the Fashion Photography Podcast. Hearing about Verginiya and how she got started with photography and retouching was an amazing story to follow! We are kicking off the New Year with an interesting interview with Verginiya Yancheva who is also the host of the Fashion Photography Podcast. Hearing about Verginiya and how she got started with photography and retouching was an amazing story to follow!
* Soul Seeking
* Difficult Life Decisions
* Studying Photography and Retouching
* Working In Advertising Agencies
* Working With Magazines
* Working and studying at the Same time
* Importance Of Assisting
* Retouching Analog vs Digital
* What Retouching Is About
* Get The Special Podcast Episode!
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What happened to Edgeworld Retouch? https://boutiqueretouching.com/what-happened-to-edgeworld-retouch/ Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:01:05 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=2496 It's been a while since the last update. Here is why and what has happened behind the curtains! It's been a while since the last update. Here is why and what has happened behind the curtains! We Need To Talk!



Hey everyone! This is more of a personal/emotional episode than any I have published before. Having debated with myself whether I should post such personal content on the blog and in the podcast over many days, I have now come to the decision to share all of this.







Reflecting



As the end of the year, or better the new year is approaching quickly, it is time for me not so much to look back but more towards the future, making plans and re-evaluating my goals. A lot has changed for me in the past months, and I might have left you confused by moving the podcast to a new website. Therefore I want to sit down and talk about a few things that led to this decision, what I am planning and where I might take things regarding retouching.



I Normally Do Not Talk About This Stuff!



First of all, this is hard for me to speak out in public about the plans I have made which puts me under a lot of pressure to deliver results and to reach my goals. But more I fear openly talking about what did not work for me, where I failed and to be held accountable. It is not something that comes naturally to me. But I guess that is my responsibility now.



I don’t even know where to start because there are so many gears moving in my life. I just know you might have the same questions as I had.



So, let me get into all of what happened in the past 2 years, many decisions and happenings behind curtains.



Let’s talk about moving the website!



By the time this episode is out, all the traffic is being redirected from edgeworldretouch.com to boutiqueretouching.com. Some links are dead as I have tried to update content, streamline URLs and so on. It was just me missing out on planning this properly. Over time I will only discover the broken links and manually sort them out. If you know about SEO, you might now also guess that this might have already cost me quite some traffic, possibly Google penalties, too. And that definitely is the case.



How Edgeworld Retouch started



But let me start way earlier in the past to explain how Edgeworld Retouch came to be, what I was not happy with and what contributed to my decisions to let it die off.



The Website



I had started with the domain edgeworld.de. Never had I real plans with the website nor was I thinking about putting a retouching portfolio up there. I am not quite sure, maybe I had the idea to sell t-shirts with that domain. Not that I knew anything about an online business back then.



I might have briefly talked about this in one or the other podcast episode that I once took courses on web design. While taking these classes, I had to work with Photoshop and eventually noticed that I liked playing around with photos much more over editing code. So I did more of it.



The website/domain was there long before I started retouching and knowing what to do with it.



The Start In Retouching



Long story short, as I did more editing, I found this thing called high-end retouching. Fascinated by what I have seen I was captured by the perfection in images that I have never discovered before. I wanted to learn this! So so badly!



Then I started probably like everyone else: not knowing where to start!



I have spent countless nights trying to figure this out. Have watched a few tutorials here and there but mostly, being so technical and analytical, I had the need to figure things out myself, have I always compared myself to others, to find differences and to learn from it.]]>
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MR. RAW EXCHANGE https://boutiqueretouching.com/mr-raw-exchange/ Mon, 29 Oct 2018 19:18:08 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1353 Stefan Kohler talks with us about his creative life and how he founded the company RawExchange, helping thousands of people making composite artwork, producing custom stock packages and how to keep inventing oneself over and over again! Stefan Kohler talks with us about his creative life and how he founded the company RawExchange, helping thousands of people making composite artwork, producing custom stock packages and how to keep inventing oneself over and over again!
* Do you shoot raw?
* What is RAW EXCHANGE?
* Challenges of creating Custom Stock Packages
* Retouching and compositing
* Building and feeding a community
* The magic of discovering beauty retouching
* The magical retouching button
* Retouching > Meditation
* Dodge&Burn Love
* Working from home
* managing to work long hours while being a dad & husband
* How important is color management?

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<h2><strong>The Birth Of RawExchange</strong></h2><p>We have been talking with Stefan how he started with photography and how RawExchange came to be. Things took off when he decided to go crazy and to put a camera right into the fire. It was just afterward when he decided to make the images available for others to use.</p>
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Impactful Portraits - Interview With Glyn Dewis https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr016-impactful-portraits-glyn-dewis/ Mon, 22 Oct 2018 19:35:37 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1962 In toda's podcast episode we continue our conversation with Glyn Dewis and get into the nitty and gritty details of his retouching workflows, the tools he uses and much more... In toda's podcast episode we continue our conversation with Glyn Dewis and get into the nitty and gritty details of his retouching workflows, the tools he uses and much more...
* Retouching gear
* Gadgets and helpers
* Backup solutions
* Switching from MacOs to Windows
* Using Capture One
* Computers and technology
* Adobe AI and the future of retouching
*  Workflow and Plug-Ins
*  Photoshop and loyalty to Adobe
* How Glyn's approach on working on images has changed over the years
* Organising layers in Photoshop
* Managing work and your personal life
* Glyn's latest book
* Glyn's two best tips to beginners and striving artists

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Adobe Photoshop is one of the most powerful image-editing applications ever created, but it is also widely thought to be difficult to learn, infinite in scope, and nearly impossible to master. For these reasons, many photographers choose to stay exclusively with Lightroom for all their photography needs. But for those photographers who subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan―which includes both Lightroom and Photoshop―to leave Photoshop unopened and unexplored is to deny yourself the ability to take your creativity and expression to a whole new level. Pre-Order Glyn’s new book!
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Who Is Glyn Dewis Photographer? https://boutiqueretouching.com/strongmanofphotography/ Fri, 12 Oct 2018 19:26:18 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1350 Today's guest, Glyn Dewis is a renowned educator and teaches both, Photoshop and Photography. Not only has he released tons of tutorials to be seen on YouTube but also has written three books. One of which made it to the best selling list! We talk with Glyn about his start in Photography and retouching and try to casually drag out information you're not going to get anywhere else. Today's guest, Glyn Dewis is a renowned educator and teaches both, Photoshop and Photography. Not only has he released tons of tutorials to be seen on YouTube but also has written three books. One of which made it to the best selling list! Key Topics In Our Interview With Glyn Dewis

* Retouching has always been a thing. Even in the analog times
* How much to retouch in portraits? When is too much too much?
* What can education do for you? Workshops, Turorials, 1:1 classes, ...
* Mentoring and how to deal with critique
* Small differences can take things to the next level
*  How far has technology come over the past 10-20 years
* How red-Eye removal started a long lasting passion with Photoshop
* Goign to Events - Networking
* Finding Motivation
* Keep on learning, keep on practicing,
* W ill we eventually be replaced by AI?
* Client communication for retouching

 

Get Your Spot For The Masterclass
Along with this episode we announce Scheduling for the RETOUCHING MASTERCLASS!

Only 5 spots are available!
Booking round closes October 15th and will be the last booking round for Summer/Autumn 2018

 
Phtoshop Toolbox Preorder
Adobe Photoshop is one of the most powerful image-editing applications ever created, but it is also widely thought to be difficult to learn, infinite in scope, and nearly impossible to master. For these reasons, many photographers choose to stay exclusively with Lightroom for all their photography needs. But for those photographers who subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan―which includes both Lightroom and Photoshop―to leave Photoshop unopened and unexplored is to deny yourself the ability to take your creativity and expression to a whole new level. Pre-Order Glyn's new book!
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5 Tips On How To Get Better Color Understanding https://boutiqueretouching.com/5tipsoncolor/ Thu, 27 Sep 2018 23:38:20 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1561 Many struggle with color and its application. We decided to give you our top 5 tips on how you can actually get better with understanding and using color in your images. Many struggle with color and its application. We decided to give you our top 5 tips on how you can actually get better with understanding and using color in your images. Before we get into how you can get better with seeing and using color let us discuss why talking about color is important:



Far gone are the days of black and white only. Almost everything we visually consume is in color. If it is not it is an artistic choice but we are no longer limited by technology to only display monochromatic to consumers and thus can communicate many more messages to these consumers.



This is highly important in the field of advertising as colors help to contribute to the appeal and make more sales. The appeal and emotion portrait in images are also important in the fine arts. So, we need to know, understand the theory behind it and we need to practically use this knowledge to create more value for our customers.







The 80/20 Rule of Retouching:



As an experienced retoucher, I know that the most time-consuming tasks only contribute about 20% to the effect of the final image and yet can take up to 80% of your time spent on an image.



In reverse this means, there are tasks which only take up little of your time and contribute hugely to improving an image.



Color is one of these retouching tasks!



With just a few, well-done adjustments you can drastically alter your image (hopefully for the better). I say this to put emphasis on how important it is to be good not only with skin clean up, dodging and burning, hair retouching, but with color theory and its application.



Promises Of The Internet



When you browse the internet for solutions you are getting sold everything around color. Tons of Quick Solutions, how to get results in no time, easy cinematic color grading, learn the art of color, mastering advanced color grading (a course for 15 bucks), color grading made easy, tons of actions for fine art, fashion, professional color grading styles,...



In short: you really have to look hard to find structured information that is not based just on how to manipulate color with a certain program or the typical "this is how I do things, hope it works for you too".



It Is A Process



None of these courses I found provide you with the information you need to make your own reasonable decisions. That is why I decided to make this episode and give you a few tips on what you can look up, try and practice with. And over time, your color vision and knowledge will increase.



Please, note that it takes time and practice. While you might think you cannot change the way you see color as of it being a purely physical factor, please, let me tell you wrong in this. My color vision once was quite bad too!



I remember, when I was getting into retouching. I browsed a lot of forums and also looked up competitions in there. I could not understand how they could favor some images over others.



I even remember one forum member mentioning that he or she could clearly see how far ahead in terms of technique and quality someone else was in that thread, while I was wondering "what the heck was different" in these two's images.



Over time this changed for me. It surely is different for every person as we all have different abilities to begin with but when you make improvements you all the sudden will see things you never noticed before!



Color vision can be trained!



Learn About Your Strengths And Weaknesses



A good way to determine how your color vision currently is is to use the X-Rite color test.



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Geeking Out On Photoshop with Brock McFadzean https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr013-geeking-photoshop-w-brock-mcfadzean/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 20:10:26 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1490 If you love Photoshop, this is the right episode for you! Brock McFadzean and I are geeking out on Photoshop, retouching techniques and more... If you love Photoshop, this is the right episode for you! Brock McFadzean and I are geeking out on Photoshop, retouching techniques and more...
Today's Guest Speaker
Brock McFadzean

Brock McFadzean is a visual communicator who currently resides in Sydney, Australia. He uses photography as a medium to express his ideas and thought processes visually. His work is a mix of highly graphical architectural elements and simplistic yet emotive images between Portraiture, Fashion and Architecture. He is continually challenging and pushing the creative and technical boundaries within his work. Through his ever growing desire to learn, Brock has had the opportunity to travel internationally in post production and assisting other photographers on their projects.

Check out Part1 of our episode with Brock
Our Topics In Episode #013:

* Where is Retouching going in 2018?
* Bradening your palette of services
* Editorial vs Advertising
* Brock's post-production gear
*  Software Brock uses for post-production and retouching
* Workflows and techniques
* On set vs working remote
*  Working efficiently
* Flawed retouching techiques


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Along with this episode we announce Scheduling for the RETOUCHING MASTERCLASS!

Only 5 spots are available!
Booking round closes October 15th and will be the last booking round for Summer/Autumn 2018

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Responsibility In Retouching /w Erika Barker https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr012-responsibility-retouching-w-erika-barker/ Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:10:42 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1320 Today we get into the deeps of retouching, talk with Erika about the gear she is using and which software allows her to create and finish up her images. Today we get into the deeps of retouching, talk with Erika about the gear she is using and which software allows her to create and finish up her images. Listen to Part 1 of our conversation

Meet Our Guest Erika Barker
My unique photojournalism style is now incorporated into my studio, commercial, and fashion photography shoots. I never capture a posed reaction; I always capture something natural, and wonderful. I find true beauty comes in short burst, and it is my job to capture the split second reaction. Everyone has a natural elegance, and beauty. Sometimes it’s hidden, but I always find a way to bring it out of people with humor, honesty, and passion.

Today we get into the deeps of retouching, talk with Erika about the gear she is using and which software allows her to create and finish up her images.
Times Are Changing
We have grown into a society that has to be more knowledgeable about technology than ever before. We are digital natives and what is expected of us is different from what was expected of people just 10 years ago.

The more we get away from manual labor the more we have to evolve into a creative mindset and not only understand the current technology but also where it came from. In the future, we are going to get paid to think and less to work. We are going to be problem solvers.

Everything has become more advanced. This is also true for retouching. We came from working with film where it was quite a delicate process but also quite limited with what you could do with techniques like dodging and burning. Nowadays everything has gotten more refined. Some tasks can easily be handled by software and filters but at the same time, the manual part of retouching has become more demanding than ever before. Today, high-quality images are expected to look like they were not touched up. It requires a huge amount of skill, effort, and continuous training to keep up with these demands.
Your creative decisions will be more valuable than ever before
Art is so subjective. While AI is constantly growing and evolving, there are certain tasks and creative decisions only humans can make.  So, AI probably can never understand how to problem solve from a subjective, organic perspective (so we hope).

However, we fear of the general public losing their teste. Similar to what has happened in the music industry in the recent years. For that reason, we have to keep pushing good and high-quality work.
On Responsibility In The Beauty And Fashion Industry
Retouching is a big part of marketing. It helps people to envision an idealistic product. At the same time, we have a responsibility to keep things real and honest while maintaining a company's or brand's vision.

Erika believes, governments often rush to creating laws without having a precise idea if the outcome will help or maybe harm the industry or the intention of the law itself.

A more prominent factor is often is the influence of girls to each other. Governments should probably spend more time spending on educating children on a healthy diet than spending money on pursuing images to be credited as being retouched. We have to collectively develop a healthy mindset. Companies will follow what we decide is desirable.

Our children's upbringing can play a huge role in that. Do we strengthen young human's self-image to overcome their insecurities so they feel comfortable without having to put tons of makeup on? Can they accept to be and to look different from the girl/boy next to each other or are we raising a generation that is mimicking the insta trends just to become one in a million because of their insecurities and lack of self-esteem?
Being Tech Savvy
It's OK to be tech savvy!
Erika takes proud in having a beefy workstation. She eventually switched from using Macs to PC because she can build her own workstation to the specs she needs.]]>
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Workflow Magician Brock McFadzean https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr011-workflow-magician-brock-mcfadzean/ Sat, 11 Aug 2018 12:11:17 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1237 Brock McFadzean is a visual communicator who currently resides in Sydney, Australia. He was fortunate to have met an Adobe Evangelist early on in his career and shares his knowledge on Photoshop and workflows in today's episode of the LET'S TALK RETOUCHING podcast. Brock McFadzean is a visual communicator who currently resides in Sydney, Australia. He was fortunate to have met an Adobe Evangelist early on in his career and shares his knowledge on Photoshop and workflows in today's episode of the LET'S TALK RETOUC...
Today's Guest: Brock Mc Fadzean
Brock McFadzean is a visual communicator who currently resides in Sydney, Australia. He uses photography as a medium to express his ideas and thought processes visually. His work is a mix of highly graphical architectural elements and simplistic yet emotive images between Portraiture, Fashion and Architecture. He is continually challenging and pushing the creative and technical boundaries within his work. Through his ever growing desire to learn, Brock has had the opportunity to travel internationally in post production and assisting other photographers on their projects.
Photoshopping The McFadzean Way
Brock is a multimedia multi-talent from Australia. He works as a photographer and retoucher but also gets to join big productions as the digital assistant and develops digital workflows for photographers or agencies to set them up for the future.

He got introduced to Photoshop and retouching years ago while he was studying and lucky to meet an Adobe Evangelist. He helped him understand workflows, working consistency with multiple images and gain a more fundamental understanding of Photoshop.
Two Approaches To Working On Images
Retouching to him is either a way of processing an image to shape and craft an image into a direction you want it to go or, as he states, can be the more hands-on approach on retouching. It can be commercial, composite work, beauty retouching,...
Noone really wants to put their hand up and say they enjoy retouching beauty images.
That said, Brock enjoys all sorts of retouching but rather likes the change of topics for him not to get bored and frustrated having to do the same thing over and over again.
What It Means To Work In Advertising
With years of experience, Brock shares some valuable insights on what's going on behind the scenes during the production of advertising campaigns.
Working in advertising is a whole other world. You have to be prepared for clients' way to communicate, multiple rounds of revisions, having the whole concept change throughout the course of productions, dealing with all sorts of demands and very time-critical deadlines as most commercial jobs are left up until the last minute.
A lot of photographers I know won't do their own retouching because it is not controlled by them, it is controlled by the advertising agency.

Retouching Education
On the other hand, while he was studying, Learning about photoshop and retouching was not really a part of the curriculum. Brock is convinced he was just lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time as for most people who get a formal photography education will have a hard time accumulating this amount of knowledge during the times of their studies. Thus, most people's first point of call is youtube. We look for "how is this done, how is that done?"

However, we are both convinced there needs to be a proper implementation in formal education as retouching, over the years, has become a fundamental part of the production chain. As of now, there is tons of material out there but mostly not structured. There needs to be some sort of structured training on digital post-production.

We might say this again and again. Learning about retouching is not about "How do I do XYZ". It's the how, not the why!
What Is Retouching?
Retouching is problem solving. You envision where you want to end uo and then you decide for the tools you are trying to use to get you there. Ideally in the fastest way possible. Brock adds, it also is not just about the knowledge but allso its application. Investing the time to learn de hands-on is more important than knowing all the theo...]]>
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Making It In NYC With Erika Barker https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr010-making-nyc-erika-barker/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:38:45 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1068 Our guest Erika Barker is talking how she made her way up in the industry and eventually became a real force in the NYC fashion industry Our guest Erika Barker is talking how she made her way up in the industry and eventually became a real force in the NYC fashion industry Listen to part 2 of Our interview with Erika

Meet Our Guest Erika Barker
My unique photojournalism style is now incorporated into my studio, commercial, and fashion photography shoots. I never capture a posed reaction; I always capture something natural, and wonderful. I find true beauty comes in short burst, and it is my job to capture the split second reaction.
Everyone has a natural elegance, and beauty. Sometimes it’s hidden, but I always find a way to bring it out of people with humor, honesty, and passion.
Does size matter?
We are kicking it off with the question if more megapixels are always better than fewer megapixels? The bigger the better? Does size matter?
Erika clearly opts for a hard no when it comes to megapixels. She also adds that the sensor size along with bigger sensor pixels definitely plays a roll in the quality of an image.
But we are not here to argue so let's get into the interview and get to know Erika a bit better!
Who is Erika And How Has She Gotten Into Photoshop?
Erika is a New York fashion, beauty, and advertising photographer. She had her start in photography as a combat photographer for the military. After her time in the military, she started out taking on retouching jobs in New York.
She since has been working with a lot of major brands but her beginnings were humble. Once introduced to the magic of  Photoshop she was hooked and eager to learn. Since that time, Erika has come a long way and her approach to retouching has changed quite a bit!
I am a firm beleiver, there is no slider and no filter that will help you retouch!
Erika remembers it had taken her a lot of time and money to figure out the secret behind the beautiful skin featured on covers like ELLE, VOGUE, BAZAAR,...

Only after studying a lot of time-lapse videos on youtube and researching quality work, Erika eventually figured out it was not actions, Lightroom presets but a lot of fundamental knowledge on photoshop, skin, texture, light, and color that allowed retouchers to achieve this look.
Beauty And Fashion Came Natural
Erika was always interested in beauty and when she was learning about retouching it just grew her interest even further. Then, at some point, it was just the right time and place for her to transition into beauty photography. First landing some retouching jobs for cosmetics and then clients came back asking for her to shoot. Eventually, Erika ended up shooting these high-end beauty campaigns for billboards. But still, there is no place for egos. Living and working in New York is impossible when you cannot step away from your ego.
There is no place for egos in this industry!
Working For Big Clients
Once you start aiming for the big jobs you will have to make sure you can deliver. Often, one chance is all you got because once you fail or let a client down you might never get the chance to work for clients of the same caliber.

High-End clients are very demanding and you wanna make sure you have them covered no matter what they throw at you. Your business practices have to be on their level as well as your communication skills. Workflow is another big one along with working under pressure. If your workflow is not set up right, everything will fall apart when being in the midst of a project.

Find the time to set up everything as professional as possible. Take time off to develop your skills and to reach the highest levels of your craft.
Erika's Favorite Tips For Beginners

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How To Deal With Disappointments - Mental Contrasting https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr009-deal-disappointments/ Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:41:24 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=971 Disappointments in our personal lives and in business are inevitable. Managing those and finding solutions is essential to success. We talk about practical solutions and mental contrasting which can make you more successful and more happy in life. Disappointments in our personal lives and in business are inevitable. Managing those and finding solutions is essential to success. We talk about practical solutions and mental contrasting which can make you more successful and more happy in life.
In our work-lives and private lives, disappointments are inevitably gonna affect us. Feelings of anger, self-doubt, sadness, regret, hinder us from being productive and being focused on the tasks and goals we want to achieve, both, in our personal lives and out jobs. That's why we are going to talk about Disappointments today and about tactics to help us deal with them.

How Do Disappointments occur?
We want to find success and fulfill our dreams. It is just hard work, right? From our parents, in school, ... I am sure almost every one of us has been taught that hard work is going to be rewarded.  So it would be just a matter of time when we would be able to harvest the fruits of said hard work. But life does not come without its hurdles and often disappointments are inevitable.

We as business persons have to deal not just with professional disappointments but also in our private lives. This, at times, makes running a business and being a good person incredibly hard.

Disappointment comes in a wide variety. How some deals and business relationships turned out can be a huge disappointment, how we saw a person in our life who happened to turn out to be completely different.....but also, we can be disappointed about ourselves, for little mistakes we make but also for not reaching our goals, for not being where we think we are supposed to be.
Questions we ask ourselves can be:

* Why have we missed a certain opportunity?
* Why haven't we tried harder?
* Why didn't we follow through when it counted?
* Has this been all I could achieve with my efforts?

All these questions are normal. We all fail, we all make mistakes and we all experience self-doubt! We all experience disappointment with feelings of sadness, regret, and anger when our expectations in life or our jobs are not met.
From my experience, there are two main ways of dealing with disappointments.

Change
One is the obvious, Change, which is repeated all over every self-help book ever written. If you have failed, try differently, if your way of doing things does not lead to the expected results, change. If you are unhappy, do something that cheers you up. If you don't earn enough money, look for another job, other clients, rebrand, and so on. I think this approach is the easiest to explain and the easiest to suggest. I have to refer again to self-help books here as this mainly is the only tool or tactic recommended in such books because it is easy to give this advice. While dealing with disappointments itself is never easy this advice also is not applicable to every situation you might face.

So let us explore what other ways there are to dealing with disappointments when change is not an option. What if you are not in control of your reason for disappointment? What can we do to deal with these emotional reactions which keep us from fulfilling our dreams?
Acceptance
Acceptance is the other main way of dealing with disappointments. However, this needs some more clarification as to what this means is not necessarily native understanding to many of us.

When compared to the other ways of dealing with disappointments, acceptance, can easily be seen as resignation, the passive approach without taking any actions. I think there still is a big difference between resignation and acceptance!

While one means resigning ourselves to the situation without taking action to change our situation or our mental state, the other is working with life as it is. Dealing with situations we do not have an influence upon and even if we do not approve the state we find ourselv...]]>
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How To Find Retouching Clients And How Not To! https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr008-find-retouching-clients/ Sun, 15 Jul 2018 17:51:27 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1214 My inbox is full of emails I will never open. In today's world, you have to make some effort in order to create some business opportunities for yourself. We talk about the dos and donts. My inbox is full of emails I will never open. In today's world, you have to make some effort in order to create some business opportunities for yourself. We talk about the dos and donts. we will go over a few topics how you should and should not reach out to possible clients,

We all need work! First contact and your approach to a possible client are crucial steps for establishing a long-term work-relationship. You wanna get more work, you wanna get better jobs and more leads turning into customers?
Here are a few reasons why you might get new clients or how you might drive them away
How I get approached:

* Post-production studios mostly eastern offering cutouts, clipping path, and high-end retouching for USD $5
* people asking me to hire them
* business dev people who want to posh cheap services
* headhunters looking for high-end retouchers for in-house work - mostly catalog work
* photographers asking for a price list

Wrong approach!
Issues I found with people trying to reach out to create business opportunities:

* Reaching out to the wrong contact (no target group analysis, no contact research)
* They do not value the contact's time!
* Cold Calling or Cold Emailing
* Email Automatization
* Nothing to offer but asking for business
* misjudgment in terms of their own abilities

Questions you should ask yourself before approaching someone

* Am I addressing the right person to pitch to?
* Can I offer something of value?
* What is expected of me?
* Can I meet quality and time expectations?

 
Before Approaching Higher End Clients

* practice and build a portfolio first
* Consider applying for an in-house job for experience
* get some experience by offering low priced services via freelance websites (pressure is on)
* Built your online presence: portfolio website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube. Be present and active.
* Reach out to possible clients and offer to work for free. This can build trust. Must have something to show for first!

How To Reach out
Places where you can find possible clients:

* trade shows
* social media
* local photographer meetups
* magazines
* google
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Creative Retouching With Dracorubio https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr007-creative-retouching-dracorubio/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:02:42 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1233 Roderique, who also goes by the artist's name of DRACORUBIO is an special effects artist who ventured into creating characters and even worlds beyond most of our imagination. By mixing images with 3D, spcial effects knowledge and refined compositing techniques he creates his very own stories. Today we take you on a ride into his mind: what motivates him and what makes these creations possible. Roderique, who also goes by the artist's name of DRACORUBIO is an special effects artist who ventured into creating characters and even worlds beyond most of our imagination. By mixing images with 3D, spcial effects knowledge and refined compositing te... Creative mastermind Roderique is joining us today, discussing whether image manipulation shall be equally included to the term of retouching. Or if compositing artwork and beauty retouching are two completely different beasts to master.

Roderique can draw from a variety of educations and has working experience in fields like 3D, special effects for sills and motion pictures, graphics and design, and of course photography and retouching.

Roderique who also goes by the artist's name of DRACORUBIO found his way into the creative industry by drawing. As a child, drawing was his passion and his parent's house is still stuffed with books full of his early artistry steps. Being a child of the 80's he was heavily influenced by the time's comics as well. Later on he went on studying at the arts academy in the Netherlands  ending with a bachelor of arts degree in 3D and visual effects.

By the time computer technology was just rising and Roderique found his ideas hardly could be resembled like he imagined them to be. So he found himself in a situation lacking the tools needed to create his own art whilst commercially working in the motion graphics industry.

 
What Allows Roderique To Get His Job Done:
"I love everything that is technical!"
Hardware

* Wacom Intuos Pro S
* Dell 27"4K Monitor
* Apple MacBook Pro
* Apple MacMini
* Drobo Raid System

Software

* Adobe Photoshop
* Adobe Lightroom
* Capture One
* Helicon
* Olympus Capture


When The Artist's Juices Run Out
Working in the commercial world can be frustrating over time. Sure there is good money to be made but this often goes hand in hand with less creativity and less freedom to create. For some this can become draining over time. Even more with technology lacking behind the capabilities of your imagination.
"I was simply not creating anymore"
After finding himself unsatisfied with the job he had back then he stopped working in the commercial industry while he got back to mostly for himself. Whilst testing out different media types and processes, at some point, photography came around which until that day was completely off his radar. Learning about photography and exploring the way of early digital photography was fun and got his creative juices again.

Photoshop was an application he already knew but now taking pictures himself there was a whole new world to explore. Processing images, what most people used Photoshop for, was simply not enough, not creative enough.
Working in 3D vs Working With A Camera
Believe it or not, 3D and Photography are not as different as you might think. While working with 3D actually the process of having physical equipment is reassembled quite closely to traditional photography or videography.

Roderique had his click moment when this new medium made sense to him and turned into becoming much more fun.

Having worked in 3D and visual effects, it was not a matter of just taking pictures.]]>
BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING 1 7 Creative Retouching With Dracorubio 1:07:08
From Freelance To Retouching Agency With Nico Socha https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr006-freelance-retouching-agency-nico-socha/ Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:27:40 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1187 Nico Socha started as a freelance retoucher and has since grown his business to having a studio, producing photography and offering post-production services to advertising agencies and companies. Nico Socha started as a freelance retoucher and has since grown his business to having a studio, producing photography and offering post-production services to advertising agencies and companies.
Welcome Our Guest Nico Socha
Nico Socha started as freelance retoucher and has since grown his business to having a studio, producing photography and offering post-production services to advertising agencies and companies.

Today we have another pen warrior on the show. Nico Socha is joining us and talks shop about retouching, how it is to grow from freelance to owning a retouching studio.

Nico is coming from a Design background and started early on doing websites for small clients and later on, he transitioned via advertising agency work into image creation and retouching.  Photoshop was always part of the process and Nico knows the application for years. As many people, he had discovered in the 90's more by accident when his dad bought a scanner and the software that came with it was a very early version of Photoshop. He was hooked from the start.
There is no day during the week on which I do not open Photoshop
Now being a retoucher, Nico's focus clearly is beauty and fashion images. He does other advertising works like cars but his passion is people and faces. While working on images he can draw from his background in the design world and have experience with 3D and video. Working with and on people also is sort of balancing many hours in front of the computer with not much social interaction. Therefore he prefers to also do photography from time to time where he can get out of the studio and directly communicate with clients and partners during a job.
What Allows Nico to Get His Job Done:
Hardware

* Wacom Intuos Pro M
* Eizo 27" Color Edge Monitor
* Dell Computer running Windows
* Daylight balanced lights
* Proof Printer
* Xrite i1

Software

* Adobe Photoshop
* Adobe Lightroom
* Capture One
* Hasselblad Phocus Software

Nico's Workflow
Nico usually starts with Lightroom or capture one and exports his processed files or opens them up from Lightroom straight into Photoshop. Then he does all his retouching and if working with Lightroom he saves it back into Lightroom to export the finals from there.

He generally prefers to work with tiff files over PSD files. The main advantage is having a maximum file size of 4GB whereas you will be stuck at a maximum file size of 2GB with a PSD file.

The retouching will start with a duplicate of a background layer, then healing/cloning, dodging and burning, colorwork and final touches.]]>
BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING 1 6 From Freelance To Retouching Agency With Nico Socha 47:49
Kai Gut - AURORA RETOUCH https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr005-kai-gut-aurora-retouch/ Tue, 29 May 2018 18:40:14 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1229 In Episode #6 of Let's Talk Retouching we talk with professional retoucher Kai of AURORA RETOUCH. He gives insides into what drove him into retouching and gives us a peek into all the tools he is using to do his beauty retouching work In Episode #6 of Let's Talk Retouching we talk with professional retoucher Kai of AURORA RETOUCH. He gives insides into what drove him into retouching and gives us a peek into all the tools he is using to do his beauty retouching work BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING 1 5 Kai Gut - AURORA RETOUCH 48:05 Our Fake Tutorial The Aftermath Of The Dodge&Burn 2.0 https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr004-fake-tutorial-aftermath-dodgeburn-2-0/ Sun, 20 May 2018 18:35:21 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1227 On April 1st we have released a tutorial about a technique we called Dodge&Burn 2.0. Unfortunately, it was all fake and our April fools prank. BUT there was much more to it than it seemed. We would not have gone through the process of creating marketing material, a trailer video and offering a video tutorial as a digital download on our website just to mess with people. we wanted to prove a point! On April 1st we have released a tutorial about a technique we called Dodge&Burn 2.0. Unfortunately, it was all fake and our April fools prank. BUT there was much more to it than it seemed. We would not have gone through the process of creating marketin... BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING 1 4 Our Fake Tutorial The Aftermath Of The Dodge&Burn 2.0 15:49 State of Retouching Education https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr003-retouching-education-setting-business-goals-invest-retouching-business/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:31:26 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1225 Today, Gerry Kingsley and I discuss the current state of retouching education. We might rant about how unsatisfied we are with the online education industry but at the same time, we are giving out helpful tips on how to compare educational products and choose the right one for your needs. Today, Gerry Kingsley and I discuss the current state of retouching education. We might rant about how unsatisfied we are with the online education industry but at the same time, we are giving out helpful tips on how to compare educational products and... BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING 1 3 State of Retouching Education 13:17 Finding Your Style, Branding & Business Models in Retouching https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr002-finding-style-branding-business-models/ Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:24:52 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1223 Let's Talk retouching! Today we are going to continue our conversation with portrait and advertising photographer Gerry Kingsley. Today it will be all about specializing, branding and client expectations. So, join our conversation! Let's Talk retouching! Today we are going to continue our conversation with portrait and advertising photographer Gerry Kingsley. Today it will be all about specializing, branding and client expectations. So, join our conversation! BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING 1 2 Finding Your Style, Branding & Business Models in Retouching 18:04 Do we need a style? https://boutiqueretouching.com/ltr001-need-style-fuel-passion-master-client-communication/ Mon, 05 Mar 2018 17:59:34 +0000 https://boutiqueretouching.com/?p=1218 In our first episode of LET'S TALK RETOUCHING, we got together with commercial portrait photographer Gerry Kingsley and tried to shed some light on the photography and retouching industry. Follow along with our conversation to know more In our first episode of LET'S TALK RETOUCHING, we got together with commercial portrait photographer Gerry Kingsley and tried to shed some light on the photography and retouching industry. Follow along with our conversation to know more BOUTiQUE RETOUCHING 1 1 Do we need a style? 16:59