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« on: October 06, 2010, 12:43 »
What's the range of hourly rates for retouching these days? One to two hours at a shot.

Sorry I should have said in Canada, this is what I would charge someone for professional work not what I hope to pay someone to work for me.
« Last Edit: October 06, 2010, 14:07 by Zeus »

« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2010, 12:46 »
I would think it would depend in what country...

« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2010, 13:38 »
2$, both in Chennai (India) and the Southern Philippines (the only countries in the area that have English as a second language). The issue is remote QC. You also have to double that sum for overhead (good monitor, PC, UPS, fast internet). The issue here is most of those freelancers don't have any capital to put upfront and they use old burned out 3-d hand monitors. In general, Indians have very good and consistent work ethics. If in doubt, go for an Indian since their IT skills are superb too.


« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2010, 21:19 »
  It all depends on your market. If you are working for an advertising client or in a pre-press environment, here in NY you would charge us$250/hour. If it was a corporate client or internal usage, maybe $50 an hour. If it's a private client, that's a little harder. As Fd-regular says, you can get retouching in India for $2 an hour. I had antiques website I was shooting for who used an Indian retouching house for all the color correction and silos. You couldn't believe how bright and saturated they made these fine old antiques look. It turns out they had no point of reference, so they just punched up all the colors to what seemed to look good to them. ( and then blamed me when the clients complained!)
  In my experience, when you have a client and they haven't given you any pricing guidance, the best thing to do is to give them the price you think is fair, meaning that if they accept the price, you will do the work without resenting them. At the same time, tell them that although this is an industry standard price, you are willing to work with them on the budget.
This way, the"budget" is the bad guy if they ask you to do it for less, and you can still be friends.

« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2010, 04:53 »
It turns out they had no point of reference, so they just punched up all the colors to what seemed to look good to them.
That's why I mentioned QC. Yes you can outsource if you maintain a strict QC and guide the persons as to exactly what you want. The requirements for (micro)stock, prepress and media are totally different. For me it's easy: the cloner sits just 2m from me. If you have to "train" them remotely, it will take more time and a lot of skyping at unearthly hours because of the time zones. If they run off after all your time investment, you lose, since you have no leverage over them. At least I can lock the door.  ;)

Punit Patel

« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2011, 08:30 »
We cater to several post production services. Retouching been one of them will be glad to assist.

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