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Pixall
Posts: 3
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


I am newish to the retouch world, my background was initially multimedia but my passion is for retouching and want to build a career in it. I have good skills, I know adobe PS inside out and back to front. I stay current with the trends I am always reading and looking at imagery, I work hard to get better and give a good product.

Anyone have any advice for me on how to build more work with great photographers? I have offered cheap work, free work, trial shots, no one wants to do any work. I am not in this for the money I want to build my skills to retouch with the best of them.

Is there any advice on how to successfully grow here at MM?
I am reaching out, any advice is strongly appreciated.
Jan 07 13 03:53 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
richy01
Posts: 153
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands


Welcome to MM.....It's not the price but the quality that counts imho.
I think your PF could do with a bit more images as your website is under construction.
Most photographers are connected with the retoucher they want and think are suited for their work.
Maybe an idea to open up a sort of imagelibrary with some of the best Raw images (free work) from the highend photographers here so starting retouchers can get some experience?
Jan 07 13 07:05 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
BorderlineBunny
Posts: 2,201
Tulsa, Oklahoma, US


Build up your port using free photos in the Challenges section, get your site finished with high resolution before and after examples, Google big retouching agencies that you really like, email them asking if they are hiring on any retouchers on a freelance basis and include your website.

Worked for me. smile
Jan 07 13 12:56 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Pixall
Posts: 3
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Both give excellent advice! Richy01 the RAW image library would be amazing idea and resource for people like me. It is not easy to get anything of a high quality to work with, especially because I do not want to infringe on anyones copyright,

How do you think one would approach that with a photographer tactfully? Wouldn't most be a little cynical about handing over there RAWs to someone they are not already working with?

BorderlineBunny you are right, that is going to be my plan of action, get more examples up and get it online with my site finished, do you have any tips on how to approach a large retouch agency? I have never dealt with one only photographers directly and the jobs I have managed to get were just pure luck, I was the only person in the room that day who knew PS.

Thanks both for the help very much appreciated!
Jan 07 13 08:43 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
BorderlineBunny
Posts: 2,201
Tulsa, Oklahoma, US


Pixall wrote:
Both give excellent advice! Richy01 the RAW image library would be amazing idea and resource for people like me. It is not easy to get anything of a high quality to work with, especially because I do not want to infringe on anyones copyright,

How do you think one would approach that with a photographer tactfully? Wouldn't most be a little cynical about handing over there RAWs to someone they are not already working with?

BorderlineBunny you are right, that is going to be my plan of action, get more examples up and get it online with my site finished, do you have any tips on how to approach a large retouch agency? I have never dealt with one only photographers directly and the jobs I have managed to get were just pure luck, I was the only person in the room that day who knew PS.

Thanks both for the help very much appreciated!

Really, you're going to have to stick your neck out and simply contact them through any means of contact they offer to the public. I've gotten some no-responses but I've never gotten an email back biting my head off for contacting them. Be fearless and confident in what you have to offer and hope that they're open to the possibility of trying you out.

Jan 08 13 10:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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