• James Clive Richards


Updated: Jun 23, 2020

During the summer of 2016 (July 2016 - September 2016) before beginning my photography studies at The University of Huddersfield, UK. I undertook a paid retouching placement. Which was based in Leeds, West Yorkshire at R.H.Smith & Sons©. 

I'd previously done voluntary retouching placements at R.H.Smith & Sons© for a week or so here and there leading up to the summer of 2016, when I was ultimately invited back to do a fill-time placement. During my time there I worked in close liaison with there in-house retouching team learning a range of professional standard retouching techniques and was able to learn first-hand techniques and skills while working as part of the creative team.

Pastel Pink Fever Mia Wig, R.H.Smith & Sons©, 2017.

While there as well as learning new skills/techniques and refining my own retouching skills by shadowing professional retouchers, I was offered the opportunity to work on live projects. Retouching images for R.H.Smith & Sons© own brands such as- Smiffys (fancy dress) and the Fever Collection (luxury fancy dress and lingerie). The resulting images would be used for their catalogues, online store, promotional brochures, social media etc. 

Additionally, as well as working on R.H.Smith & Sons© own brands and products I was allowed the opportunity to work on live projects which were sent to the retouchers as outsourced work. Thus, being able to retouch for brands such as- Tesco, ASDA, Morrisons, WalMart (USA), Dunnes Stores (IRE), Claire's Accessories and Love Honey.  

Fever Collection Website, R.H.Smith & Sons©, 2018.

Recently a member of the retouching team I worked closely with during my placement contacted me to let me know that one of the high-end images I retouched for R.H.Smith & Sons© Fever Collection had been selected and launched online as a product image on the website. This although not a major deal was a proud moment seeing my hours of patience and practice published online.

My reasoning for approaching R.H.Smith & Sons© before beginning my studies was that I knew retouching and photography are two industries closely entwined and a basic understanding of Photoshop and editing techniques would be a beneficial investment of my time and have ultimately been used throughout my 3 years at Huddersfield University.

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Fever Instagram - @fevercollection

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