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About me


Nataliia Hodovana

Retoucher

My name is Nataliia. I’m retoucher with 4+ years of work experience.

In the modern world retouching became an obligatory component in the sphere of marketing and part of the production process of photographers. Internet shops with the photos of goods made without intervention of a retoucher are increasingly rare. And the Instagram filters have trained people to that a good photo cannot go unprocessed.

Such a great demand for retouchers’ services has resulted in that almost a half of the Internet community know more or less how to use Photoshop. And the majority of these Photoshop users have very superficial knowledge of retouching techniques and often cannot even cope with the simplest task – removal of the background from a photo.

My skills and knowledge in the field of photo retouching allow me working in the sphere of high-end jewelry retouching and offering my services to famous publishing houses.

What I can do:

  • - jewelry retouching of any complexity;
  • - portrait retouching of any complexity;
  • - batch development/conversion of digital negatives (RAW);
  • - preparation of images for e-commerce;
  • - сompositing for illustrations and advertising, for social media covers.
ACHIEVEMENTS
September 2013

NEW CAREER CHOICE

I have two diplomas of higher education – in pedagogy and in finances. But during 2011-2013 I could not find a job according to my specialization. For this reason, in the meantime I’ve founded the website “Embroidery school” – and, because of a lack of money, had to master all the skills necessary to create the content.

In September 2013 I’ve bought the course by Evgen Kartashov "Photoshop CS5 from А до Z" and begun a detailed study of this tool.

October 2013

FIRST ORDERS FOR RETOUCHING AND COMPOSITING

In October 2013 I’ve declined all the orders for SЕО and page making and switched to a fulfillment of orders for retouching and compositing.

The first orders I took up were, of course, not overcomplicated. And I did manage to even cope with technical illustration and gif animation.

2014 year

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

For all 2014 I was busy working with color. Batch conversion of digital negatives is, in first place, working with color.

Wedding photographers, with whom I cooperated, prefer, just like me, bright, fresh colors and reasonable contrasts.

October 2014

JEWELRY

I have received the first order for retouching rather complex objects – jewelries.

The customer was very impressed by the fact that a beginner such as I does this work so well.

January-March 2015

PANDORA STUDIO

For these months I have worked with a company engaged in production of the content for stocks.

But, due to technical problems with my computer, I had to say goodbye to them.

Such are realities of the freelance. The broken computer has to be repaired by yourself and at your own cost. However, I have used the experience gained at that time in the future too.

2015 year - till today

FREELANCE AND NOTHING ELSE

Using my knowledge of HTML and CSS, I’ve developed the first version of my business card website and tried to get a job of a retoucher in a company. To tell the truth, this led me to working as a content manager at Rozetka, for three months.

Having realized that this is not a solution of my financial problems, I quitted. Such is the story.

Having borrowed money from the relatives, I fixed up my technical problems and now work as a freelance retoucher.

Among my permanent customers there are both big manufacturers of jewelry (Artyoms, Skifia Alliance), and family photographers, and passerby (from the Internet) with urgent orders.

And you can also become one of them.

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SKILL LEVEL


Retouching

Batch development/Conversion of digital negatives (RAW)

Illustration/Visualization

Print editing & Design