September 9th, 2015
Caroline recently asked the following:
I’ve been looking at retouchers work and I haven’t exactly impressed with some of the post-production work. However, I’ve have found myself spending a ton of time wading through all of the india image editing firms. I am pretty much ready to raise the bar and start paying for what I need, something that I can actually present to my client. I was hoping to contact the folks on the list you refered to in previous posts, however, I wasn’t able to find the link to the list. By any chance, can you send me the list of image editors that you recommend?
Yes, over the years we’ve talked a lot about outsourcing your post-processing and there are two camps on the subject:
- One camp says, “get right in the camera so you just need a few quick RAW adjustments in lightroom for post-processing.
- The other camp wants to shoot 5 or more brackets for every shot so if you deliver 30 images there is a ton of processing.
I must admit, I’m biased towards camp #1 because that’s how I work, but I also don’t do high volume and actually love doing post-processing. I realize there are business situations that motivate one to outsource.
Despite all the posts on the blog on this subject, there are only two retouchers that I’m currently willing to recommend. I know both of them from working in the Seattle real estate market with my wife. They are:
- Mark Reibman – Currently resides in Cambodia. Mark is doing retouching work for several PFRE readers. Mark says he is at about 75% capacity so you’ll have to check with him to see if he can do your work.
- Matt Edington – Who has recently built a retouching operation in the Philipines to do retouching for his Seattle company Claritynw.com. Matt says, “the editing and photography back-end services company we’ve been working on is currently in closed beta. We can’t take a large number of new clients at the moment as our infrastructure can’t quite support it yet. We’re going to put a beta invite sign up on our website tomorrow and we can grant people invite access one at a time for the time being, with a big launch coming within a few months.” The site for Matt’s retouching operation is: autofocus.io.
We will have a post on Matt’s retouching operation when it officially launches in the near future.