Senior Photo Retoucher
I didn’t have much of a connection to photography, let alone retouching when I was growing up. I did a lot of drawing and painting, lots of influence from comics, video games and fantasy illustration, which led me to the Cleveland Institute of Art, where I majored in illustration. There, I also got into photography, at first to learn how to take a decent copy shot but led to a whole lot more. I took a summer class for an intro to photography class using my grandpa’s Argus C44 rangefinder with three interchangeable lenses (from 1956), but soon upgraded to a Nikon FE2 (mid 80’s). After learning darkroom techniques and being introduced to the color lab, I did a lot of experimentation with stacking negatives, custom shaped film holders, physical masks and other stuff which was a lot of fun for me. However, color consistency was nearly impossible and making each print was a crapshoot. There was no realistic way I could continue this work post-college, but I discovered I could do nearly the exact same thing and an amazing amount more on the computer, so I made the jump to digital. I loved incorporating photographic elements with my drawings and watercolors, using my PowerMac G3/450 and a Nikon LS-2000 film scanner. Working with all of this gave me a great start in the fundamentals of retouching, color management, computer troubleshooting and a lot of Photoshop, which I brought to TRG in 2004 thanks to a bike messenger friend of mine who knew they needed more hands. Without calling first, I put on my suit, zipped up my portfolio and an hour after I knocked on the door I was sitting down to work on my first job!
Also, anybody want a film scanner?
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If I never had fun with Photoshop then I think I’d have to re-think all of my life decisions. One of the silliest live jobs I’ve ever worked on was with agency Rawle Murdy for grocery store chain Piggly Wiggly. They were holding a promotion where one enters a contest to win actual jewelry with every purchased cut of meat. To advertise this, stock photos of glamorous models in grayscale and styled like it was a classy jewelry ad were purchased, and it was up to me to “realistically” add a cut of bright red beef in place of a diamond. It was so well received that it made an appearance on Leno in his Silly Ads bit. Mama was so proud!