Curious, tenacious, playful are the words that best define Mr Iobst, Fred is by many standards one of the best digital photography and retouching men I have ever met. Fred attended Boston college in 1973, then later earned a Bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Penn State University. Fred Iobst was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1955 and moved to Danville Pennsylvania at the age of 7
Since 1972 Fred has worked with black and white photography. In 2005 Fred ventured into digital photography and retouching where he has continually pushed the envelope of digital manipulation. Fred has been at the forefront of photo manipulation for four decades. Many of Fred’s images capture a dream like essence, and engage the viewer’s mind just a bit further into the meaning of the image. For retouching work Fred uses Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 5, a Wacom Graphire 3 Digital Tablet Stylus and an RPG Keys keypad for Photoshop and Lightroom shortcuts. Now for the kicker, Fred uses a Kodak Easyshare DX7630 Camera to produce these amazing pictures. In our recent interview Fred explained that when it comes to photo retouching, like hitmen and counterfeiters, it shouldn’t be noticed, when done right.
Influenced by eastern culture, Fred Iobst is a practitioner of Tai Chi and has been for many years. When asked about his philosophy about the martial art, Fred replied “RELAX, RELAX, RELAX and then, relax some more.”
Fred is also a professional magician. A few days before this post my family and I where grocery shopping at a local market. My two young sons ages 4 and 5 where tired and cranky. After restocking a shelf that the boys destroyed, my wife and I where debating whether to quit and go home. Along came Fred, and seeing our predicament, reached into his pocket and produced a rather large coin, he started to entertain the children. For the next 10 minutes, the kids and I were mesmerized by Fred’s coin tricks. Fred performs tricks of illusion and sleight of hand for audiences all around the region. Magic has been a part of Fred’s life since he was four. Fred began his Professional magic career in 1979