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Friday, January 26, 2024

Industry Insights

Wrap Party

Retouching

From The Pros

2024 Retouching Industry Survey launch and retouching pricing / estimating.

2024 Retouching Industry Survey launch and retouching pricing / estimating.

2024 Retouching Industry Survey launch and retouching pricing / estimating.

Welcome to our 1st episode of Wrap Party! In today's discussion, we are joined by Sabina Miklowitz, a photographer and retoucher in one of New York’s prominent fashion houses. We dive into her valuable experience and insights from her work and overall view of today’s retouching climate.

This first episode explores the intricacies of client communication, the evolving landscape of retouching workflows, and how irreplaceable the role of human expertise in retouching confronts the evolution of AI. We also introduce the inception of our 2024 Retouching Industry Survey — an initiative to provide a transparent and comprehensive insight into what retouchers experience today with their pay, their business practices, and more.

Tune in as we peel back the often unspoken truths and questions of our industry. Our goal of bringing more equitable change for retouching creatives and post-production professionals starts here. Stay tuned for more episodes!


Takeaways

  • The retouching industry needs a community where professionals can share knowledge and information about rates and work practices.

  • Estimating and working with clients can be challenging, but it is important to have open communication and set clear expectations.

  • AI is becoming increasingly integrated into retouching workflows, but it is still a tool that requires human expertise and judgment.

  • Attention to detail and authenticity are crucial in retouching to ensure high-quality results.

  • The industry should strive for equality and fair treatment, addressing issues such as race and gender disparities. Retouching skills can be applied to various industries and projects, making it a versatile creative pursuit.

  • Specializing in a specific area of retouching, such as fashion or beauty, can help maintain interest and expertise.

  • Choosing the right projects and being transparent with clients about capabilities and limitations is crucial for a successful and fulfilling career in retouching.

  • Effective communication and transparency with clients can help manage expectations and prevent misunderstandings.

  • Flexibility in scheduling and being prepared for client delays is important for maintaining a healthy work environment.

  • Accounting for admin and production time is essential for accurately estimating and pricing retouching projects.

  • Preventing scope creep requires setting clear boundaries and being upfront about additional costs or changes in project scope.

  • The retouching industry has evolved with the rise of digital media and social platforms, leading to changes in budgets and work expectations.

  • Factoring in admin and production time is necessary for a well-rounded and sustainable retouching career.

Chapters

00:00 - Introduction and Technical Difficulties

03:06 - Background and Need for a Retouching Community

06:28 - Importance of Estimating and Inequalities in the Industry

11:25 - Transition from Retouching to Photography

13:45 - The Retouching Survey

18:19 - Estimating and Working with Clients

20:52 - The Impact of AI on the Industry

25:26 - AI Features in Photoshop

32:11 - The Role of AI in Retouching

35:03 - The Importance of Attention to Detail and Authenticity

36:19 - The Value of Having an Eye for Retouching

37:40 - The Versatility of Retouching

39:03 - The Importance of Interest and Specialization

40:15 - Choosing the Right Projects

41:24 - Dealing with Client Delays

42:30 - Communication and Transparency

44:23 - Flexibility in Scheduling

45:34 - Accounting for Admin and Production Time

50:19 - Preventing Scope Creep

51:33 - The Health of the Retouching Industry

54:37 - Factoring in Admin and Production Time



What would you like to see?

We love the photography industry and want to see others thrive. One way we can help is to provide tools that give you time back and help you scale. Another way is to encourage the sharing of information among our community. If there is anything you’d like to see in verybusy.io or on our blog, give us a shout at hello@verybusy.io. - Team VB

What would you like to see?

We love the photography industry and want to see others thrive. One way we can help is to provide tools that give you time back and help you scale. Another way is to encourage the sharing of information among our community. If there is anything you’d like to see in VeryBusy or on our blog, give us a shout at hello@verybusy.io. - Team VB