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Outsourcing: Photographer's Edit vs Colorati

 
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Oct 22, 2011 00:23 |  #1

Just wondering if anyone has used either one. Can you share your opinion/review about either.

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Oct 23, 2011 13:33 |  #2

I'd like to know also.


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Oct 23, 2011 13:39 |  #3

Do you mean have somebody else do your editing? Sorry, not familiar with Colorati, but I see they charge 9 cents per submitted image. I wonder how far they take the edit for that price and what their other up-charges may be.


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Oct 23, 2011 13:56 |  #4

sapearl wrote in post #13293741 (external link)
Do you mean have somebody else do your editing? Sorry, not familiar with Colorati, but I see they charge 9 cents per submitted image. I wonder how far they take the edit for that price and what their other up-charges may be.

Just checked out their website- you submit a selection to them, and they charge you 9 cents to pick the best ones, then it starts 32 cents an image to do:

Global white balance, exposure, contrast and saturation adjustments are made to match our standard. However, we allow for two variations from our standard. For example, you may want warmer skin tones and more contrast. Beyond two variations, we’ll look at a custom workflow.

So they basically charge you for running an action on it in Lightroom/Photoshop. Actual Photoshop touch-ups are charge at $70 an hour.


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Oct 24, 2011 01:03 |  #5

Ya Marl, it sounds like they run actions. At 32 cents an image they aren't making any money unless they're doing a boatload of batch processing and paying no real attention to individual images. Or "custom workflow" as they call it lol.

I personally wouldn't trust anyone else editing my photos, but then again I don't shoot tons of photos on narrow time contraints


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Oct 24, 2011 01:09 |  #6

Marlfox wrote in post #13293792 (external link)
Just checked out their website- you submit a selection to them, and they charge you 9 cents to pick the best ones...

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Wow, how do they know what the best ones are?


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Oct 24, 2011 05:37 |  #7

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Wow, how do they know what the best ones are?

And that's the whole issue. You are trusting them to make your creative decisions. Your style and work becomes their interpretation.


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Oct 24, 2011 05:42 |  #8

sapearl wrote in post #13296809 (external link)
And that's the whole issue. You are trusting them to make your creative decisions. Your style and work becomes their interpretation.

I'd think I'd save the 9c and do it myself :)


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Oct 24, 2011 05:48 |  #9

A wedding photographer friend of mine outsources the basics like exposure, white balance, and density then takes those to do creative editing, if any, which is usually minimal.

A lot of people don't really want "artistic interpretation" added to their images. They usually want creatively lit, well-exposed, properly color balanced photos.


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Nov 11, 2011 15:29 |  #10

Hey Gang!

Leon here from Colorati. Just thought I'd jump in to help clarify. First up, thanks Marlfox for sorting out the pricing. Indeed, we charge $0.09 per image submitted for Image Selection. Color Correction is indeed $0.32 per Raw image.

True- Image Selection is a tough one to hand over. Not everyone is eager to do so. And that's why it's a service of its own and not bundled. You're never forced to order something you don't need. ;)

Now, the question posed by Anke and others:

"Wow, how do they know what the best ones are?"

We get that question quite a bit, so I posted a video response on our blog:

http://www.colorati.co​m/shootmoreblog/?p=887 (external link)

JackFlash brought up a good point that I'd like to address:

JackFlash19 wrote in post #13296329 (external link)
Ya Marl, it sounds like they run actions. At 32 cents an image they aren't making any money unless they're doing a boatload of batch processing and paying no real attention to individual images. Or "custom workflow" as they call it lol.

I personally wouldn't trust anyone else editing my photos, but then again I don't shoot tons of photos on narrow time contraints

I like to think of it this way... give someone something to do for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week and they're going to get *really* good. All of our editors work here full time. Most photographers don't have the luxury of editing for 8 hours straight, much less 5 days a week, so the perspective on pace of editing is different.

I mentioned in the video above that our editors edit more weddings in one week than most photographers shoot in an entire year. The best part? NO ACTIONS!

It's true!

We use Adobe Camera Raw and we're adjusting the Exposure, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation as needed and of course the White Balance for a natural and consistent skin tone. Not only does every image get adjusted, but every order has to pass Final Inspection before delivery.

One last thing I should mention that sets us apart from a lot in our industry... no one works from home, no one works overseas. All of our editors are talented locals who were hand-picked, trained by me and work under the same roof every day.

If any of you ever find yourselves in Carlsbad, California feel free to stop by the office and say hello! (We're just down the street from Legoland.)

Last, I'd like to share a video we put together to show who we are. Enjoy:

http://www.colorati.co​m/shootmoreblog/?p=906 (external link)




  
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Nov 11, 2011 17:36 |  #11

I've got to say that I'm pretty impressed with the response you have put together. I am really looking at using a company for editing weddings, and I may have found it. Very nice of you to stop by and pitch to us, as it's actually informative!

Thanks again. You'll be hearing from me in the coming months.

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May 03, 2012 13:00 |  #12

You bet, Saxon! We realize that sending images to an editing company isn't always easy, so we do what we can to be readily available with a friendly smile to help however we can! :)




  
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Sep 29, 2016 14:58 |  #13

I use another wedding photo editing service in NY - wedding-retouching.com They handle all of the culling, editing, color correction, and skin retouching works. Usually they do an average wedding photo session during 2 days and for reliable price. I like them because it's cheap and quickly for me espesially in high season. Here my last works with these guys:


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Sep 30, 2016 05:53 |  #14

Hearing about Colorati for the first time! What it actually means? And about outsourcing if you can choose a good company then its a better choice for any kind of photo editing works, they are cost effective as well.




  
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