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Laura EB

Posts: 65

Rochester, New York, US

Can't seem to sleep so I just thought I'd ask what do people have going on in the background while they retouch?  Personally I either listen to daft punk/juno reactor Pandora or really any kinda fast technoish stuff like that.  Sometimes even pop music which is nowhere near my normal genre.  I normally listen to just simple alternative or punk but I feel like techno/pop makes me work better for some reason lol


Anything in particular you like to listen to or have on? Or do you prefer to edit in complete silence to maintain a zen-like focus?

Apr 18 13 11:17 pm Link

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Kristiana-Retouch

Posts: 289

London, England, United Kingdom

I'm weirdo - I don't listen to music at all but I like audiobooks smile
Also I like "watching" youtube/vimeo videos while I'm retouching. Sometimes even movies big_smile But I just listen to them and make glance once in a while - for me it helps to get very fast "fresh eye".
Probably I'm just weird but as my boyfriend is musician it's enough music in my life already big_smile

Apr 19 13 01:17 am Link

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Miss Cody

Posts: 30

Austin, Texas, US

I have on my 80s Pandora station about 90% of the time. It just keeps me from getting frustrated and bored, but it does usually end up taking me longer to finish a photo because I tend to sing along too haha big_smile

Apr 29 13 11:47 am Link

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Anthony Bryan

Posts: 40

London, England, United Kingdom

Dubstep and up beat music when im locked into hours of work but if its just 1 or two images i put on R&B, nice and chilled.

Apr 29 13 12:04 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Apr 29 13 12:46 pm Link

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S K E L E T O N K E Y

Posts: 2110

Louth, England, United Kingdom

Currenlty while retouching a shoot, I'm listening to my usual asmr videos, as it relaxes me and stops me getting too worked up whilst retouching tongue

But sometimes I'll have my ipod on, mostly heavy metal, alternative rock/electric. I don't do modern pop haha.

Apr 29 13 12:52 pm Link

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KMP

Posts: 4825

Houston, Texas, US

I play ambient music.. no words.. barely hear it..but it's soothing and doesn't distract me.

Apr 29 13 01:00 pm Link

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C h a r l e s D

Posts: 9304

Los Angeles, California, US

Absolute silence.  Not a music guy anymore.

Apr 29 13 01:13 pm Link

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Laura EB

Posts: 65

Rochester, New York, US

Peano wrote:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … 394&page=1

For some reason I didn't even bother to look through the retouching forums cause I figured no one would ask this random a question :p  At least it was from 2 years ago and not yesterday I guess.

Apr 29 13 02:17 pm Link

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Laura EB

Posts: 65

Rochester, New York, US

Christiana1990 wrote:
I'm weirdo - I don't listen to music at all but I like audiobooks smile
Also I like "watching" youtube/vimeo videos while I'm retouching. Sometimes even movies big_smile But I just listen to them and make glance once in a while - for me it helps to get very fast "fresh eye".
Probably I'm just weird but as my boyfriend is musician it's enough music in my life already big_smile

I totally find that looking at other stuff helps me edit, but I always have to have stuff on that I can ignore.  I tried to retouch while Kill Bill was on and I had to stop to watch the movie haha.

Apr 29 13 02:19 pm Link

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Andrea Acailawen

Posts: 952

Tampa, Florida, US

Depends on the images and my mood. It's usually one of the following: trance/dance/etc, rock/alternative, classical crossover, relaxation/new age with or without nature sounds, nature sounds (no music).

This is my probably most listened to list in the studio and out:
Lost in a Trance on Spotify

Apr 29 13 04:21 pm Link

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The Illuminated Pixel

Posts: 577

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, US

Apr 29 13 04:28 pm Link

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The House of Velvet

Posts: 1271

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Pandora - Flight Facilities Radio or Skrillex Radio

Apr 29 13 05:50 pm Link

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Eric Jackson

Posts: 1290

Dayton, Ohio, US

Jazz.  Or a ball game on the radio.

Apr 29 13 05:57 pm Link

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ShotbyRon

Posts: 767

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

It depends on the type of shoot it is. If I do a country look, I like country music or something similar. If it's a lingerie shoot, I tend to listen to more hip hop then anything.

Apr 29 13 06:00 pm Link

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Supermodel Photographer

Posts: 3309

Oyster Bay, New York, US

Laura Bello wrote:
Anything in particular you like to listen to or have on?

Here's a clue:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120827/11/503bb9b01d29e.jpg

Apr 29 13 06:02 pm Link

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KevBro Photography

Posts: 176

Irving, Texas, US

Apr 29 13 06:06 pm Link

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bgcfoto

Posts: 5443

Largo, Florida, US

The word epic is overused and rarely warranted. Here it is valid 100%

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2H7fHUWwjw

Apr 29 13 07:30 pm Link

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KBStudio

Posts: 307

STATEN ISLAND, New York, US

House, Trance, Techno etc.

Apr 29 13 07:30 pm Link

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Greg Curran

Posts: 204

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

been listening to soundtracks lately, Pirates Of the Caribbean, Sweeney Todd, Last Samurai, Lord Of The Rings...  they calm music make me concentrate.  Normally I listen to bands like Norma Jean, Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Hank Williams, Deftones...

Apr 30 13 10:27 am Link

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Adam J Caldwell

Posts: 289

London, England, United Kingdom

I like to listen to Audiobooks, stuff like Game of Thrones, Harry Potter (Geek) & The Ricky Gervais Show


That or just a bit of Dylan, Grateful Dead, Tom Waits & Fleetwood Mac.

Apr 30 13 12:53 pm Link

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Elmwood

Posts: 32

Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom

Absolute radio 70's
Stuck in a timewarp, but a nice variety from the era

Apr 30 13 02:55 pm Link

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Koray

Posts: 6689

Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

rockradio.com

evilgrin

Apr 30 13 10:35 pm Link

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John Felici

Posts: 609

Pascoag, Rhode Island, US

complete silence

Apr 30 13 10:39 pm Link

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Oscar Partida

Posts: 732

Palm Springs, California, US

Chopin

Apr 30 13 11:23 pm Link

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PANZERWOLF

Posts: 67

Vienna, Wien, Austria

bgcfoto wrote:
The word epic is overused and rarely warranted. Here it is valid 100%

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2H7fHUWwjw

good stuff!

May 01 13 01:14 am Link

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Alyssa June Retouch

Posts: 170

Denver, Colorado, US

Music is a must for me! I really can't work without it.
I usually have either lastfm or pandora on.
Lately it's been, a Washed Out station or The Smiths.
Orka Veer and M83 are great retouching music I think!
big_smile

May 03 13 09:20 am Link

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FeatheredPixels

Posts: 327

Port of Spain, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

May 03 13 12:16 pm Link

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Alejandro Crespo

Posts: 111

Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

PANZERWOLF wrote:

good stuff!

True, just EPIC, downloading the FLAC big_smile

Thanks

May 05 13 01:43 am Link

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bobbydolan

Posts: 168

Boston, Massachusetts, US

it's interesting...the music I listen to while retouching is totally different from what I typically prefer.

I've come to loving listening to this Russian House radio station, keeps me moving fast and focused

http://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Record-895-s140444/

May 05 13 07:09 am Link

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Teodor Sirbu

Posts: 197

Iaşi, Iaşi, Romania

classical and classic rock

May 05 13 09:30 am Link

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Richard Vallon Jr

Posts: 3

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

I have listened to KD Lang's "Shadowland" - I teach lightroom and
was quite surprised to hear this was the code name for LR in 2006 when it was stil under development as the programmers listened to this album....!

May 05 13 07:39 pm Link

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Marcus Christopher

Posts: 76

Vienna, Wien, Austria

Most often Ludovico Einaudi.

May 07 13 11:27 am Link

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Bravo Magic Images

Posts: 765

Temple City, California, US

I listen to Devil music so i can get the hell out of retouching.

May 07 13 11:45 am Link

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Tsing Mui

Posts: 28

NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, US

Film scores.

May 10 13 06:19 pm Link

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PhotosByNC

Posts: 13

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

No music or anything for me. Used to do it, but just don't feel a need anymore.

May 10 13 06:23 pm Link

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Virtuoso Skins

Posts: 333

Asheville, North Carolina, US

Goth & Deathrock mostly.

May 11 13 11:52 pm Link

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Mike Needham Retouching

Posts: 369

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

BBC Radio 2

May 12 13 07:51 am Link

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Nick Belial

Posts: 71

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

No music. Deep Puple, AC/DC and Led Zep provided the soundtrack to many memories. I love it too much and would be distracted by the beat and lyrics. Having the TV on in the background doesn't bother me, though... So I might absorb a bit of national headline news, a Jeopardy question or two-- or maybe a loud-mouthed argument breaking out between the girls when my gf is watching Dance Moms. Those distractions are bad enough, I don't need to be drumming on my keyboard to the Kashmir when I should be moving sliders.

May 12 13 08:06 am Link

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Kevin Gaskell

Posts: 7

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Heavy Metal - is there any other kind of "music"?

May 12 13 08:06 am Link