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Industry Insights

Video Podcast

Retouching

From The Pros

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Industry Insights

Video Podcast

Retouching

From The Pros

Wrap Party Podcast - Episode 02

Wrap Party Podcast - Episode 02

Wrap Party Podcast - Episode 02

This episode, we'll be exploring how to find the perfect retoucher for your project. It's a critical, yet overlooked step that can make or break the quality of the final image, and is essential that you choose a retoucher who not only understands your specific needs, but also brings the necessary skills to deliver exceptional work within your budget & timeline.

Join Peter Hunner and Sef McCullough as they dive into the key factors you need to consider when seeking a successful, collaborative partnership between a retoucher and client. They'll offer practical insights and advice to help you navigate this crucial process.


Chapters

  • 00:00 Introduction and Background

  • 00:30 The Role of a Rep in the Photography Industry

  • 01:18 The Importance of a Good Rep for Photographers

  • 02:08 The Value of Experience in Reps

  • 02:23 The Benefits of Having a Rep for Photographers

  • 03:19 The Established Process of Hiring a Photographer Through a Rep

  • 04:18 The Lack of Infrastructure for Retouchers

  • 05:06 Introduction to the Podcast and Guest

  • 06:03 The Challenge of Finding a Retoucher

  • 07:14 The Importance of Word of Mouth Recommendations

  • 09:00 When to Bring in a Retoucher

  • 10:13 The Role of a Retoucher in Pre-Press and Print

  • 11:26 The Challenges of Finding Retouchers

  • 14:17 The Niche Profession of Retouching

  • 16:37 The Value of Recommendations from Peers

  • 17:41 The Fear of Poaching Retouchers

  • 18:39 The Importance of Building Relationships with Retouchers

  • 20:06 The Different Working Styles of Retouchers

  • 21:28 The Need for Personal Connections in the Industry

  • 22:25 The Challenges of Marketing as a Retoucher

  • 23:33 The Importance of Making the Producer's Job Easier

  • 25:37 The Importance of Trust in the Relationship

  • 27:37 Other Ways to Find Retouchers

  • 29:05 The Lack of Infrastructure for Retouchers

  • 30:25 The Importance of Recommendations and Trust

  • 32:01 The Importance of Making the Producer's Job Easier

  • 33:01 Building Relationships with Producers

  • 34:17 The Importance of Clear Communication and Information

  • 35:41 The Information Needed for a Project

  • 37:37 File Delivery Specifications

  • 38:39 The Importance of Gathering Information

  • 43:31 Balancing Act for Producers

  • 46:24 Timeline and Schedule

  • 48:15 Managing Changes and New Art Directors

  • 51:28 One Point of Contact

  • 54:45 Improving Communication with Retouchers

  • 56:41 Finding Reliable Retouchers

  • 59:10 Getting on a Call for Difficult Discussions

  • 01:00:05 Building a Partnership

  • 01:01:08 Where to Find Seth McCullough

  • 01:01:58 Retouching Industry Survey

  • 01:02:53 Engaging with verybusy.io



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

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