As I grow as a photographer/retoucher and go after higher-end clients, I'm looking for the highest quality software to use to render the images I take.
The Dodge & Burn technique is the single most important technique when retouching skin in both fashion and beauty photography.
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The vision to see yourself at your destination is very important! BUT, don't forget to grow along the way!