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Photographer

HollyStringer

Posts: 12

Billericay, England, United Kingdom

Im looking to gain more practice in retouching, as well as a little money. But I'm not sure if Im good enough to charge and I was wondering if I someone could look at my example see if I am good enough & or what I can do to improve.

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Im not saying I have extreme talent in any way, but I was thinking of offering simple retouches, nothing too fancy.

Thank you!

Jul 08 12 08:10 am Link

Digital Artist

Koray

Posts: 6688

Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

not yet...practice on some close ups or mood changes...what you have done can easily be done by a photographer which means they will not need you.

Jul 10 12 05:03 pm Link

Retoucher

TrueCasey

Posts: 33

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Within the realm of basic imagery and simple touchup, I'd definitely say that you have some well-grounded skills.

Please keep in mind, however, that the majority of images you would retouch are likely to be extremely high resolution; that being said, your image is decidedly low-res, meaning that when you scale it down all the little imperfections, missed lines, etc. disappear within the resize. This is good and you have a good foundation (and it's not like anybody picked up a tablet one day and became an expert). As a photographer, you'll likely know the trouble areas and where retouch is likely to draw the eye as fake and whatnot.

I say go for it, you have a good start and there's always a lot of help on here!

Jul 10 12 07:41 pm Link

Photographer

HollyStringer

Posts: 12

Billericay, England, United Kingdom

Thanks you two! I really appreciate the feedback and the tips. Those are some issues I will definitely need to keep in mind. Thanks for taking the time to reply smile

Aug 05 12 11:55 am Link

Photographer

Nikki Cole Photography

Posts: 34

New York, New York, US

Making money from retouch is extremely dificult. You should reach a level which many photographer don't have in order your services to be needed. You have a good start but you should practice on high res photos and avoid blur on skin.

Aug 05 12 05:06 pm Link

Retoucher

pixel dimension ilusion

Posts: 1356

Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

how u want ppl to see u work u have an big watermark all over it
like someone was gone copy the image , from what i know ppl dont copy low resolution images pfff

Aug 15 12 10:08 am Link

Photographer

Leighthenubian

Posts: 2967

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

HollyStringer  wrote:
Im looking to gain more practice in retouching, as well as a little money. But I'm not sure if Im good enough to charge and I was wondering if I someone could look at my example see if I am good enough & or what I can do to improve.

Click here

Im not saying I have extreme talent in any way, but I was thinking of offering simple retouches, nothing too fancy.

Thank you!

Nope...but there is a MM market for "blur everything in sight" images though so you should be fine.

Aug 16 12 05:09 pm Link