Bcoming A Professional Retoucher
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.