How to Find Images to Practice On
If you’re looking for images to practice retouching on, then it can be difficult. Many photographers don’t release unretouched images, and don’t like you to use their work in your portfolio. There are ways of finding high quality RAW images to practice on which can be used in a retouching portfolio.
ModelMayhem.com is an excellent resource for finding photos to retouch for free. Within the ModelMayhem forum there is a section called Digital Art and Retouching, followed by a sub section called Challenges, Contests and Samples. Within this sub section you’ll see models and photographers posting images which are available to you to practice retouching on. Images on ModelMayhem are usually portraits or creative fashion images, and they’re a good opportunity to practice techniques such as skin retouching, dodging and burning and more.