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Feb 24, 2014 12:36 |  #1

Hey Guys. I got a head injury a few years back and I often get headaches while working on the computer. Editing photos is pretty much the worst as I tend to strain my eyes more. It's a real bummer as I enjoy editing.

As I do more photography this is becoming a bigger problem. I'm starting to depend on tylenol and advil which I really don't want to do. So my question is, has anybody here hired out editing work? Thoughts on doing this?

I have an employee who wants more hours with a non-photography business I own. I could train him or send him to class. I've also looked at some out of country "freelancers" that seem to have good prices. I would have to thoroughly test anybody I went with.


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Feb 24, 2014 13:49 |  #2

LOTS of photographers hire out editing. There's even online services where you can sub-contract your work. Everything from basic culling, sorting, and tagging to full-fledged retouching and composites. I believe most services / contractors charge per image based on what is being done. $.25 per image to cull / sort / tag, $5 for basic retouching, white balance correction, etc, much more for more substantive work.


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Feb 24, 2014 14:08 |  #3

Im available for hire, OP.

Let me know how I can assist you.




  
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Feb 24, 2014 16:33 |  #4

JacobPhoto wrote in post #16713906 (external link)
LOTS of photographers hire out editing. There's even online services where you can sub-contract your work. Everything from basic culling, sorting, and tagging to full-fledged retouching and composites. I believe most services / contractors charge per image based on what is being done. $.25 per image to cull / sort / tag, $5 for basic retouching, white balance correction, etc, much more for more substantive work.

Thank you, this is very helpful. I wasn't sure if it was something that was frowned upon. I will look more in to this.


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Feb 24, 2014 16:33 |  #5

Kanye wrote in post #16713944 (external link)
Im available for hire, OP.

Let me know how I can assist you.

When I get more serious I will let you know. Thanks.


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Feb 27, 2014 07:47 |  #6

Yes, it is not uncommon. I have a few client for which I perform post-processing services.


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Feb 27, 2014 08:21 |  #7

Not to hijack the thread, but more of a question.

How are the files transferred to the editor? If the photographer downloads the photo's to his Lightroom then exports them to the editor, those photo's are now .jpeg's right? So the edits would be made on .jpeg files.

Wouldn't the quality of the photo's then be somewhat degraded than if the edits were done from the RAW file/memory card??

Just wondered how the process works and the best way to do it for quality.


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Feb 27, 2014 08:38 |  #8

BufordFZ1 wrote in post #16721351 (external link)
Not to hijack the thread, but more of a question.

How are the files transferred to the editor? If the photographer downloads the photo's to his Lightroom then exports them to the editor, those photo's are now .jpeg's right? So the edits would be made on .jpeg files.

Wouldn't the quality of the photo's then be somewhat degraded than if the edits were done from the RAW file/memory card??

Just wondered how the process works and the best way to do it for quality.

I contacted a two editors a couple months ago, they both used drop box to transfer RAW files. Send them RAW files and depending on the edit level I would normally get back jpegs




  
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Feb 27, 2014 08:45 |  #9

I request RAW and provide a FTP site to upload to.


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Feb 27, 2014 09:00 |  #10

i am running a wedding photography business and from time to time we outsource culling and basic adjustment (in lightroom). A lot of companies can accept lightroom smart preview so the file to upload is around 3-5 gb each job (3000 photos)

BufordFZ1 wrote in post #16721351 (external link)
Not to hijack the thread, but more of a question.

How are the files transferred to the editor? If the photographer downloads the photo's to his Lightroom then exports them to the editor, those photo's are now .jpeg's right? So the edits would be made on .jpeg files.

Wouldn't the quality of the photo's then be somewhat degraded than if the edits were done from the RAW file/memory card??

Just wondered how the process works and the best way to do it for quality.


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Feb 27, 2014 11:28 |  #11

I had a large backlog of weddings 2 years ago so I outsourced the editing to help reduce the backlog. I haven't edited a wedding since. For the cost and time it saves me its an absolute no brained. There are loads of companies offering this service so you have plenty to choose from


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Feb 27, 2014 12:56 |  #12

Ballyman wrote in post #16721847 (external link)
I had a large backlog of weddings 2 years ago so I outsourced the editing to help reduce the backlog. I haven't edited a wedding since. For the cost and time it saves me its an absolute no brained. There are loads of companies offering this service so you have plenty to choose from

I'm curious if you've used more than one editing vendor, and if so, what was the difference between them, both in output quality and communication of what your wanted in terms of finished product.


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Feb 27, 2014 13:05 |  #13

Thanks Littlejon Dsgn, D Thompson,timecut..

That makes more sense.


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Feb 27, 2014 16:38 |  #14

windpig wrote in post #16722049 (external link)
I'm curious if you've used more than one editing vendor, and if so, what was the difference between them, both in output quality and communication of what your wanted in terms of finished product.

Ive used the same company since I started. There were a couple of issues at the beginning with consistency (which to be fair to them they resolved quickly each time) but I have no problems with them now.

It costs me <$100 per wedding to edit and I don't have to sit in front of the PC going cross eyed wondering if hundreds of pics are too warm/cold/bright/dark etc etc! I have 46 bookings this year so that's a lot of time saved to be doing other things!!


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Feb 27, 2014 17:55 |  #15

That's sounds like a good fit.


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