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Photo Retoucher Rates!?

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Old 06-03-2010, 10:18 AM
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Re: Photo Retoucher Rates!?

1.50 an image? People that do work for that price, are the people that have destroyed retouching!

SOMETIMES I DESPAIR! Glad I left the UK!!
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:45 PM
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Re: Photo Retoucher Rates!?

LOL you should check out the photoscanning online sites that charge 60 or 70p an image if you think that is bad. That really belittles the skill.
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:52 PM
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Well personally I can't wait for the release of new retouching software..... I am involved with one at the moment. It will out perform PS. Will be impossible to copy, and hopefully cost in the region of 10-20K. As long as it can just prove it is FAR superior to PS. I hope it can.
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:54 AM
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Re: Photo Retoucher Rates!?

It's okay to me that the prices are getting lower as far as it gets more and more automated and the costs are smaller, but which really annoys me is that people is getting more and more familiarized with automated work instead more artistically and expensive handwork stuff.
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:42 AM
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Re: Photo Retoucher Rates!?

My average rate for work is currently $25/hour CDN.

Though, if the work is simple and straight forward, such as a series of images that just need simple blemish removal, skin softening, or a mild airbrushing, I'll do it for $2-5 per image.

Some have said I should be charging more, because I'm not bad at what I do; but, when I see the work of some others like Flora I think, "I'm not good enough yet."
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:50 AM
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Re: Photo Retoucher Rates!?

Yeah? but you are driving the price down for everyone, does not matter how good or bad you are!
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:00 PM
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Re: Photo Retoucher Rates!?

Sorry, I don't subscribe to the theory.

For instance, in the video field, I charge $20 to convert one hour of video from VHS to DVD; my local "competition" will convert up to four hours of video for $15. It doesn't affect my business because, in the end, I offer a higher quality of service.

Someone who is good at what they do in their field will always make what they're worth; regardless of what the competition is charging.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:04 PM
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When I have the time, I will explain and prove the fact..... I am off out cruising in the Mopar!
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:12 PM
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Re: Photo Retoucher Rates!?

No matter how you try to "prove" it; the only fact is that no two retouchers have the same skill set, and therefore no two retouchers are worth the same amount of money.

Would a person who is just starting out in retouching charge the same as someone who has been retouching for 20 years? That would be absolutely absurd.

The retoucher who can offer a higher quality service can charge more; because they can DO more, and do it faster and better.
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Old 06-04-2010, 05:56 PM
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OK, I won't bother!
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