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Nov 07, 2014 16:05 |  #1

Do any of you send your pics to someone else for retouching? Some part of me feels like that's cheating, but another part of me is really tired of retouching.

Any thoughts?


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Nov 07, 2014 23:35 |  #2

In business you should focus on what you're good at and pay others to do what your not good at.


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Nov 08, 2014 08:35 |  #3

Right here's a thread from not too long ago by a POTN member who would love to help you out.

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1404379

And IMO, if you can make better use of your time taking photos rather than sitting at a computer then it's worth it to outsource that part of your work. I've seen several photographers in this forum who outsource at least some of their post-processing.




  
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Nov 08, 2014 09:13 as a reply to  @ groundloop's post |  #4

A lot of us offer retouching services, but it's getting hard to compete with the South American houses.


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Nov 08, 2014 11:20 |  #5

I recently out sourced some work to be done since I didn't have the time nor the patience. I too get tired of editing and retouching and for work that doesn't fall under my current line of work, I dont mind sending away to help me out.


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Nov 08, 2014 16:04 |  #6

Thanks all, and thanks for the heads up, groundloop. I'll check it out.


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Nov 08, 2014 18:09 |  #7

For those that outsource, is it that you just don't know how to do it or don't have time to do it?




  
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Nov 08, 2014 19:34 |  #8

the flying moose wrote in post #17259952 (external link)
For those that outsource, is it that you just don't know how to do it or don't have time to do it?

I outsourced for a while. I did it because I had so much work on at the time. I found however that it wasn't cost effective for me to do as I could do a better/faster job which only cost me time.


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Nov 08, 2014 21:36 |  #9

I use www.retouchup.com (external link) for photoshop type retouching - as opposed to bulk raw editing, I use a different company for that.


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Nov 08, 2014 22:24 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #10

I usually do all of my retouching as I am mostly shooting architecture.

However I occasionally shoot a large number of portraits of young women. Many of these women have braces on their teeth and I outsource that to Retouchup.com.
They do a good job and the price is fine and the turnaround time is very quick. By doing this I spend more time doing my photography AND I get much larger orders from parents delighted by the retouching.

I sometimes wish that I could outsource my architectural retouching but I feel what I do is my special "secret sauce". Of course I am flattering myself but I also have a fear that if I teach someone what I like I will be sad when they leave.




  
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Nov 08, 2014 22:28 |  #11

Depending on how much 'work', both in quantity of images and amount of 'retouching' you're looking for, prices may be cheaper than you think. I've heard of some of the offshore retouchers doing basic adjustments for well under $1 per photo.


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Nov 08, 2014 22:41 |  #12

Tony_Stark wrote in post #17259411 (external link)
I recently out sourced some work to be done since I didn't have the time nor the patience. I too get tired of editing and retouching and for work that doesn't fall under my current line of work, I dont mind sending away to help me out.

How do you feel about the quality and level of service you are receiving Tony, and is it fairly consistent with your own style of retouching?


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Nov 09, 2014 22:29 |  #13

I outsource all of my headshot retouching. I find it more cost effective than spending the time to do it myself, it allows me to use the little time I have to shoot. I have one retoucher I with exclusively. I absolutely love her.


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Nov 12, 2014 09:36 |  #14

Once summer rolls around and business picks up again (RE photography) I will be hiring someone to to process the photos so I can focus on the business, clients, advertising + shooting. Not only will I make more money it will make my life 10x's easier. I'm tired of working 14hr days in the summer!


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Nov 13, 2014 18:59 |  #15

It seems like outsourcing is a way to go these days for all of us who're busy with our time.


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