PHOTOGRAPHY + EBOOKS + PHOTOSHOP TRAINING + VIDEOS + RETOUCHING
ON LEARNING & DEVELOPING RETOUCHING SKILLS
I’ve been thinking lately about how people grow to learn Photoshop and retouching, and how I went from being a photographer to becoming a square-eyed digital sort of person. It starts with the frustration of trying to achieve something in-camera, or obtain a certain colour effect. Once you start dabbling you find a couple of effects you get excited about, and then you use them on everything… till you realise that in fact that didn’t quite work. Then you start reading up and trying out YouTube tutorials, download lots of Photoshop Actions and you apply it ALL to one image, feeling like you’ve developed a lot, but ending up with a complete mess. Take 3: You start finding your own way. It works, but not quite. It’s long winded and complicated. Take 4: The penny drops. You realise that it has to be simpler. It has to be built on know-how and skill.
Having gone through all these stages myself, I recognise them in others. I recognise the urgency of wanting to get straight to what you want to achieve, without having to watch 4 hours on a DVD or on Lynda. I recognise the pressure on photographers and retouchers to deliver to deadlines and the need for efficiency in the industry. And I’ve seen quite a few retouchers who needed help in untangling a job or updating their skills. I learned at first from books and industry retouchers. My first experience was when I swapped a Photoshop 5 training session for a haircut (Not CS5!). The then guru Maxwell Ferguson taught me Curves and I tamed his a lion’s mane. There weren’t any Photoshop tutorials on the internet and I tried to apply 10 years of darkroom work to my digital images. It didn’t quite work. I then took an evening course and stayed up the whole night …… read on
PHOTOGRAPHY & SERVICES
Photography and Photo retouching in London and Cadiz; enjoying the best of London's urban energy and the laid-back humour and amazing locations of Costa de la Luz.
See the PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE for galleries of my past and present photos. I also teach photo courses in Spain, Cadiz (Andalucia). Also check out Luzia Photo Course Holidays!
Retouching has been my day-job for a decade. Today my work is more diverse but I do take on interesting retouching projects and perform retouching jobs for professional photographers.
Since 2007 I have been producing E-books and videos for advanced training in photo editing and retouching. You can download some ebook samplers from this site, and they are available at the Eureka Imaging Publications site.
E-BOOKS ON PHOTO & POST-PRODUCTION
The e-books are my labour of love. Writing makes me reflect more in-depth on my retouching technique and the possibilities and limitations of Photoshop.
RETOUCHING TUTORIAL VIDEOS ARE HERE!
I now have more than 10 hours of Photoshop + retouching video tutorials at Eureka Imaging Publications website, where you can also see previews + content. Available on subscription or 7-days rental.