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Old 01-02-2012, 10:38 PM
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Working Faster?

Hello all,
Does anyone have any suggestions on working faster when it comes to photo restoration? I love photo restoration but I find my need for perfection to be something that slows me down. The faster I get the product back to the client the happier they will be: that is if it looks good.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:30 AM
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be very specific in your design brief with the client - this will make it clear what they expect

have a concrete workflow and stick to it

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Old 01-03-2012, 10:55 AM
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I do wish I'd had content-aware fill and heal 10 years ago when I was doing photo restoration professionally. It would have cut much of the time I spent spotting and cloning. And I forget which RetouchPRO LIVE show it was in, but one restorer mentioned keeping a document view open at 100% and skipping any flaws you can't see in that view.

I also learned the hard way to do all possible tonal adjustments first before any repair and cleanup, as those tend to exagerate problems (although sometimes they can hide them).

And there's the philosophical adjustment of recognizing that the client doesn't want or expect (or appreciate) a print that looks like it was taken this morning.

Or do as Bob Rosinsky does and learn where to find clients that will spend $1000+ on a restoration.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:59 PM
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Don't work faster, work smarter. Use short-cuts, actions and similar productivity enhancing tools.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:27 AM
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Hello all,
Does anyone have any suggestions on working faster when it comes to photo restoration? I love photo restoration but I find my need for perfection to be something that slows me down. The faster I get the product back to the client the happier they will be: that is if it looks good.

It's not about faster it's about quality normally clients prepare to wait a little and get good photo than rushing and get a half done work. I would prefer to take my time and delivery a good photo. Photo restorations are time consuming there are no faster way especially those photo that need more attentions.
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