Back in the 70's & 80's I did a lot of retouching mainly B&W prints,but occasionally colour prints for others. Also I did a lot of hand colouring work, using toners, chromogenic processes and dyes as well. The company did a lot of composite work, often using lith masks, opaque, Ruby lith tape. I've always used proper retouching dyes like Spotone, and the Paterson Colour dyes.
In recent years the only major retouching I've done was myself out of an image A LF multiple flash exposure image in a manganese mine, someone else lit me up - there were 4 people painting the cavern walls with light making 20 full power flashes each. Took a bit of retouching but it's invisible, just done with Spotone.
Hi Ian so many of these techniques are no longer being taught, and I know its always better to be shown my masters but via books etc can u recommend any texts to learn some of these practices? it amazes me how many people are forgetting retouching was around before digital, and that almost all the functions in photoshop were based on analog retouching tools and techniques.
"Its my profession to hijack time" ~ Stephen Frizza.