My first encounter with digital imaging was in the late ‘80s, when I had one of my photographs retouched by a Quantel Paintbox system operator. I was instantly hooked. A few years later, with the arrival of Photoshop, it became possible to retouch photographs on a home computer, and I remember telling my partner at the time that I really needed to get my own Photoshop system. “And what exactly do you need this Photoshop thing for?” she asked. It was a good question. Why exactly did I need Photoshop? Very few photographers I knew of were using it. None of my clients were requesting digital image manipulation. Occasionally on advertising jobs, photographs were retouched digitally, but this was always carried out by an agency-sourced ...

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