Digital Retouch Artists
Once your application is received, you will then be sent a series of four (4) images to be retouched. These images range from basic retouching, to much more difficult images involving some bruising, skin discoloration, etc. The final work that you submit back to us will be evaluated.
“I was so scared to share pictures of my baby because he was so tiny with bruises and tearing but when I received my NILMDTS pictures I fell in love again and could freely and proudly show off my sweet baby boy.”
Our basic guidelines are that if the baby has a medical reason for their appearance (such as a deformity or birthmark) then do NOT correct it. However, DO retouch anything that is a result of the death such as:
- peeling skin
- discoloration (including uneven skin tones, dark lips and nails)
One good rule of thumb is that if baby was born healthy, if the characteristic in question would still be there in a month, please leave it.
If you enjoy retouching and/or are skilled and wish to help other photographers with their retouching, and are not already a DRA, we encourage you to please apply as a Digital Retouch Artist!
Skills Criteria & Evaluation Process
Requirements: Advanced Photoshop ability and software. Other retouching programs may be used, but Photoshop is mandatory for the advanced level of retouching often needed for our services.
Once your application has been received, you will be provided four (4) sample images to retouch via email and those will be evaluated by the NILMDTS Volunteer Application Committee. This Team consists of experienced Digital Retouch Artists who will score your application. An application must score at least 40 out of 80 points to be considered for approval. We use a 0-20 scoring system (0 is lowest and 20 is highest).
As much as we wish that all of the babies that we photograph were full term, pink little perfect babies, that is rarely the case. Similarly, the photo quality is not ideal as this is a realistic expectation of images we receive from our hospitals. Advanced level skills are necessary as our approved volunteer DRA’s are confronted with a good deal of damage, torn skin, and bruising. What a joy knowing that your skills will result in a beautifully retouched image providing peace and healing for our families!
All DRA applications will be reviewed on the following criteria:
- Advanced ability to repair skin flaws (torn skin, blistering)
- Advanced ability to even out skin tone (bruising, discoloration)
- Black & White or Sepia conversion skills (visually appealing with good contrast range with appropriate mid-tones)
- Advanced skill using multiple filters and targeted adjustments (mastery in using multiple layers, layer blends, layer masks, color modes)
Basic Guidelines: If the baby has a medical reason for their appearance (such as a deformity or birthmark) then do not correct it. However, do retouch anything that is a result of the death: such as peeling skin, blistering, bruising, discoloration, redness, or shine. One good rule of thumb is that if the baby was born healthy, would the characteristic in question would still be there in a month? If so, please leave it.
The application review process may two weeks depending on the current volume (although it is sometimes longer during the busy Trade Show season).
Prepare Your Application
Due to the nature, sensitivity, and complexity of this work, many factors exist in which most digital retouch artists wouldn’t consider necessary to fill this role. View this application in the same manner you would for a professional retouching position.