Jeremy Rafter and His Creative Cloud

Jeremy is a Detroit-based retoucher and photographer. He is entering an exciting stage of his career as he is starting his own studio. Check him out below.


Say hello to Jeremy:

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Photo: Adrianne Auten

Where are you from?  Where have you been?

I’m from Michigan and have lived in Metro Detroit till I went to college and moved into the city and I’ve been there since.


What is your background?

Photography and retouching is the only thing I’ve ever done. After high school, I attended the College for Creative Studies. My time there gave me a chance to learn and experience different types of image making. While there, I assisted with local photographers and picked up a little bit of photo work here and there.


How do you characterize your style?

This is one of the hardest questions I get asked. In a broad response, I consider my style to be commercial, so most of what I shoot is product, still-life, and architecture. Everything is very clean, simple, and well-lit.


What tools do you use as a retoucher?

I shoot with Nikon systems and use the Adobe creative cloud for all my post work. Most of my work recently has been on the back end of things like retouching, compositing, and preparing files for print. Creative cloud has become my most important tool.


How has your editing style progressed over the years?  

My editing style has changed a lot in the past three to four years. When I first started doing post work, most of what I did was small curves and levels adjustment. After my first photoshop class, my interest and skills improved profoundly.


How do you continue to improve upon your techniques?  Do you have any favorite resources that you frequent to keep your skills sharp?

After taking a few photoshop classes, I turned to the internet – mostly YouTube to learn new techniques and keep fresh on what’s new in the software. When I first started watching tutorials, I followed along very closely and I later found out that there are so many ways to do one thing and that one method doesn’t work for everything. Now that I have more knowledge of what each tool does, I’ll skim through a video to see what they used and the end product. From there, I just play around with things and mix techniques from one video with those of another to create a technique that works for what I’m trying to achieve.


Feel free to show off some of your work here: 

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Professionally, where do you hope to see yourself in five years?

The next five years I see being some of the most important years in my career. Transitioning my work from freelance to an LLC with a very good friend and talented photographer. We are in the process of starting our first studio and expanding our client base.


For anyone who wants to get in touch with Jeremy, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Website: www.jeremyrafter.com

Instagram: @jeremyrafterphoto


Jeremy, thanks for taking the time to interview with us!

If any artists out there want to collaborate with FStop, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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