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Scott Kelby, founder and president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) explains: “[My advice] would be to get really good at retouching… I’m talking about being a retoucher who is really good at compositing and creating associated effects, which are popular at present.
“There are a lot of photographers… who don’t have the time to do their own post-processing anymore. They do the photography then partner with someone to do the retouching and compositing for them.
“I think this is going to be a growing trend, because there’s so much going on in photography today, and there’s so much happening with Photoshop that for most it’s hard to become a master of both. But a team of two working together is a tough combination to compete against.”
There are many sources for improving your skills, such as Kelbytraining.com and Advanced Photoshop, supplying printed tutorials. If you’re seeking freelance work, try sites such as www.freelancer.com and www.modelmayhem.com.
Read more in issue 92 of Advanced Photoshop, on sale from 26 January 2012 via www.imagineshop.co.uk