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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


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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

    LTR032 - Joseph Parry Retoucher

    LTR032 - Joseph Parry Retoucher

    Joseph Parry's Retouching Hardware

    * Big Desk Mousepad

    * Wacom Tablet Size Medium

    * mechanical keyboard

    * shiit stack - Audio DAC and tube amplifyer

    * Mac or Custom PC

    * wide gamut display

    * calibration device

    MAC vs PC

    We briefly discuss the two philosophies behind the two operating systems. Joseph mentions not having a preference for working on images but there are reasons why he might pick one or the other system depending on what the more general purpose of the device is that he is using.

    Matching Different Displays and color management

    • 35 Min.
    LTR!032 - Joseph Parry Retoucher

    LTR!032 - Joseph Parry Retoucher

    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.

    • 46 Min.
    LTR!031 - Daniel Meadows of DMD Digital Retouching

    LTR!031 - Daniel Meadows of DMD Digital Retouching

    Professional retoucher Daniel Meadows talks about all things retouching tools and workflow. Get industry insights from working professionals.

    • 37 Min.
    LTR!030 - Daniel Meadows Retoucher

    LTR!030 - Daniel Meadows Retoucher

    Who is Daniel Meadows?

    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.

    • 38 Min.
    Joel Grimes - Being An Artist With A Set Of Tools

    Joel Grimes - Being An Artist With A Set Of Tools

    Joel Grimes - Start of A Photography Career

    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.

    • 50 Min.
    Important Questions And Excuses We Make

    Important Questions And Excuses We Make

    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.

    • 37 Min.

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