Several months ago I did a post on real estate post processing as a business opportunity. As a result of that post I established a list of people doing post processing in the PFRE community. The list is on the right side-bar just below the flickr graphic.
Mike Gardner, a Malibu Realtor and photographer has been telling me about the great results that he's getting from having his post-processing done in India. I don't want to promote having your post done overnight in India. I'd rather do everything I can to promote having your post processing done by one of those four folks listed on the right side-bar that are in the PFRE community. However, since in the post-processing business the world is clearly flat I thought a discussion of Mike's experiences would be useful. That is, the Internet gives everyone on the planet an equal opportunity to compete for your post-processing business. Anyone in the retouching business has to complete with India. So I asked Mike some questions about the post processing he is having done in India so everyone knows what they have to do to compete with the folks in India.
Update 10/26/2010 8:30 AM Pacific: I've updated the link for the retouching service that Mike uses below. Also I've added the image above which is an example of the results Mike's retouching people do. It's a hand window blend from two images.
Here are my questions and Mike's answers:
Mike summarizes as follows: I get the whole argument about keeping jobs in the USA but lets face it, most of us drive foreign cars and buy stuff made overseas. I wouldn't opt for this service in the US because it would be too expensive. I have a 17 month old son and family time has become very important. I used to come home and play with images for 2 plus hours but now I can just send them out and spend more quality time at home. That's worth every Rupee!
So my points are: