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Interview with Dennis Dunbar – Retoucher

Interview with Dennis Dunbar - Retoucher
What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
As a one man shop I’m both CEO and Chief Bottle Washer. That means I’m doing all the retouching, marketing, networking, planning etc.

What inspired you most to become a Retoucher? Why did you pursue this as a career?
Back in the late 80’s there was a big fuss made when National Geographic used a computer to move the moon in their cover photo so it better fit the crop. While everyone else was aghast I was thinking “Cool!”

Shortly after that I started working with a photographer who created complex composite shots in the darkroom using pin registered duping film and litho masks. (This is also how I met my wife.)

The more I heard about the new digital imaging systems the more it compelled me to learn how to do this. At some point it became clear the only way I would really learn how to be a digital retoucher was to buy my own system and jump in with both feet. So in February of 1991 I signed a $50,000 lease for a “Wicked Fast IIfx”.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
Unlike other careers there is no clear path to building a successful career in the creative fields. Everyone’s path is different so it takes a lot of drive and persistence to figure it out.

With all the new versions of Photoshop and Lightroom what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
As much as some don’t like the subscription model for the Creative Cloud apps I really like the idea we don’t have to wait on their 18 month update cycle to take advantage of the newest features.

As for Photoshop, I keep finding new uses for Smart Objects and the Refine Edge tool saves me huge amounts of time when it comes to masking.

What Photographers & Photoshop artists do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
There are way too many photographers doing work I love to list here. But names like Dean Bradshaw, Hunter Freeman and Roger Hagadone come to mind right away.

What social networks do you like most? Which present good examples of Photoshop & Photography the best?
Facebook has become my most frequented distraction. But when I want to peruse great photography I’ll check out sites like www.foundfolios.com where they feature great work being done by pro photographers.

There are so many social media venues these days it’s hard to keep up, but I’ve also been getting into checking out Behance lately. 

What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks? How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
Social networks provide a great way to get to know the work of a wide range of artists. It seems they’ll continue to find new ways of connecting viewers with artists so that every few years we’ll have something new to follow.

That said one interesting aspect of social media is that a lot of new artists can build up a following very quickly, often before they’ve really figured out how to master their art. I’m hearing more and more that ad agencies are returning to hiring proven pros for their campaigns as they really need to be sure the artists they hire can deliver on demand.

What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop and Lightroom?
That’s a pretty wide open question. ;-) Adobe has shown a tremendous ability to create industry leading tools while constantly working to keep improving them so I expect we’ll continue to see new features coming along while the apps enable us to achieve the results we need faster and faster

Follow Dennis here! www.dunbardigital.com  Blog & on Twitter

Interview with Tara Lesher – Photographer 

Interview with Tara Lesher - Photographer 
What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
My name is Tara Lesher and I am a photographer in the VA/DC area specializing in children and families.

What inspired you most to become a Photographer? Why did you pursue this as a career?
One of my first jobs after graduating HS was working as a photographer in a studio. After graduating college and having my first child, the passion was renewed. Once I began posting images of my child to social media, others began to ask for sessions, and the business built and grew from there.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
For me, the biggest obstacle is making sure that I’m always pushing myself to try new things and not being afraid to fail. In the beginning of my career, I tried to shoot what I thought the client would like. I played it safe. I’ve come to learn that my clients will book me because of my vision, style and creativity.

With all the new versions of Photoshop and Lightroom what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
I’ve only been using Photoshop for about a year and a half, so I’m still discovering daily, the brilliance of such a tool for photographers and artists alike. Whether its simple touch ups or elaborate composites, I feel like the sky is the limit already with these programs.

What Photographers & Photoshop artists do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
I really enjoy the tutorials and lessons of Glyn Dewis, Scott Kelby, Aaron Nace, and Calvin Hollywood. I feel like they really make the learning process easy and enjoyable for various levels of Photoshop users.

What social networks do you like most? Which present good examples of Photoshop & Photography the best?
For business purposes and advertising to clients, I use Facebook. I also like 500px for displaying and finding quality photographers and images.

What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks? How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
I think that with the growing number of professionals using social media for business purposes, that we will see more useful tools and strategies geared toward marketing and advertising.

What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop and Lightroom?
I think that with such creative tools, the programs will constantly be expanding and evolving.
The possibilities of what Photoshop and Lightroom already can and will do for artists in the future are endless.

Follow Tara here! on Facebook & on 500px

 

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